Understanding Root Canal Therapy
- Posted on: Dec 15 2018
At DeStefano Dentistry, patients in and around the community of Pittsford, NY have options to consider for addressing problems within the smile. Some patients may be in need of a procedure called root canal therapy, which is often done as a way of saving a natural tooth from extraction.
What causes the need for root canal therapy?
There are several situations which may arise and result in the need for treatment with root canal therapy. The procedure may be encouraged if patients are dealing with:
• A large and deep cavity that reached the dental pulp
• Infection or inflammation of the dental pulp
• Damage or injury to the entire tooth
• An extremely toothache that becomes unbearably painful
• Breakage to the natural tooth structure
• An abscess
These are some of the most common situations which occur that can indicate a need for root canal therapy.
What is root canal therapy?
The procedure is also known as endodontic therapy. Root canal therapy is performed to remove the dental pulp from within the natural tooth structure, seal off the tooth, and protect it from the elements to keep it from becoming damaged. Root canal therapy is the last line of defense against permanent extraction of a natural tooth. It allows patients to maintain the tooth in the smile with the removal of the dental pulp within. Dr. Thomas J. DeStefano has extensive training which gives him the necessary experience to provide quality treatment using root canal therapy.
What can I expect during my procedure?
Root canal therapy is done with proper anesthetics and sedation, so patients are perfectly comfortable as their procedure is being performed. Once complete, patients may have a dental crown placed over the top of the tooth as an extra layer of protection. There may be mild discomfort following the treatment, but this is best addressed with over-the-counter pain medications as needed.
Call DeStefano Dentistry today!
Patients in the area of Pittsford, NY are welcome to book an appointment with Dr. Thomas J. DeStefano to discuss options for restoring their smile, including treatments such as root canal therapy. The practice is located at 600 Kreag Road and can be contacted for an appointment at (585) 248-2383.
Posted in: Endodontics (Root Canal Therapy)