If you visit your dentist and he says, “You need an endodontic treatment” you may be wondering what he means. An “endodontic treatment” is also known as a “root canal” and the dentists from Westermeier Martin Dental Care bet you’ve heard that term before.
A root canal is a treatment of the tooth your dentist performs to clear out infection and will protect the tooth from further infections. If you have a tooth that is cracked or one that has a deep cavity, bacteria will enter the pulp tissue and germs will cause an infection deep within the tooth.
If an infection is left untreated, not only will you suffer unnecessary pain, but swelling will occur. If the infection is left untreated you can suffer injury to your jawbone and the infection will impact your overall health.
What are some of the signs you may need a root canal?
What will your dentist do if you need a root canal?
The dentists from Westermeier Martin Dental Care in East Aurora and Amherst, New York explain a root canal treatment will involve more than one office visit. The process involves:
If the tooth has suffered extensive decay, the dentist may suggest placing a crown or recommend extraction followed by a dental implant.
Not all teeth need an endodontic treatment.
If you’re having an issue with your teeth, have a toothache, or if you simply haven’t had a dental check-up in more than six months, give our sedation dentists a call. If you’re a first time patient ask us about a complimentary dental examination.