When decay is not treated in the earliest stages, it can extend deeper into the tooth and cause more problems than a simple cavity. Once decay has reached the pulp of the tooth where the nerves are located, everyday tasks like eating, talking, and drinking hot or cold fluids can be painful. To relieve this pain, Holistic Dentists offers root canal treatments to remove the infected nerves but offers herbal alternatives and we will do anything to avoid a dead tooth. Please call for a free second opinion.
What is the root canal?
The root canal is a natural chamber inside of the tooth that houses the dental pulp, which contains blood vessels, lymph vessels, and nerves. The pulp is responsible for nourishing the tooth and transmitting pain and sensitivity signals to the brain.
What is root canal treatment?
When the pulp is exposed to bacteria or infection, the tissues that support the teeth may become infected or form an abscess. To save the tooth, our team may perform root canal treatment. As the nerve and pulp are not necessary for the tooth to function properly, the contents of the root canal will be removed, and the area will then be cleaned and sealed with a crown to prevent further structural damage or tooth death.
Reasons Root Canal Treatment May be Necessary
- Deep dental caries that exist near the pulp or have exposed the pulp
- Traumatic tooth injuries where fractures or cracks have compromised the root canal
- Infection of the pulp or nerve
- Irritation from previous dental work such as deep fillings
What are the benefits of a root canal treatment?
After a root canal treatment, the tooth is saved from further destruction. Teeth are also restored to proper function so that the patient does not experience discomfort associated with infection or abscess. Root canals also save a tooth from extraction and subsequent tooth replacement. After an extraction, a dental implant, fixed bridge, or partial denture is necessary to prevent remaining teeth from drifting. These replacements are much more expensive and time consuming than a root canal treatment, and while durable, they cannot beat the strength of a natural tooth.
To ask questions about holistic dentistry or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lewis Gross, contact our Tribeca holistic dentist office at (212) 732-2200. We are currently accepting new patients. For your convenience, new patient forms are available for download on our website.