A tooth infection doesn’t have to destroy your once healthy tooth. At Nishita Gandhi, DDS, root canal therapy is used to preserve teeth that are in danger of needing extraction. With two convenient locations in the Bronx, New York, Dr. Gandhi has the experience and skill to treat your damaged or infected tooth with a root canal treatment to ensure your smile remains healthy. Call Nishita Gandhi, DDS, or book an appointment online for more information.
Root canal therapy repairs an infected or severely decayed tooth by removing and cleaning out the infection. Your teeth contain three main layers: enamel, dentin, and pulp. The pulp is the soft center of your tooth containing nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue.
When you have a damaged tooth, tooth decay, or gum disease, harmful plaque and bacteria can penetrate your tooth. Once the infection reaches your tooth’s pulp, it begins releasing destructive acids that eat away at your tooth chamber.
Without proper treatment and early intervention, the infection can spread until it starts destroying your jawbone bone. This ultimately leads to a number of dental problems, including tooth loss.
Fortunately, while your tooth pulp plays a vital role in early development, it’s no longer needed once your teeth have fully matured. Thanks to root canal therapy, Dr. Gandhi can remove your tooth’s pulp and clean out the infection before it has a chance to spread.
During a root canal, Dr. Gandhi numbs your gums and infected tooth with a local anesthetic before drilling an access hole in the center of your tooth. She then removes the infected pulp and cleans any leftover debris from your tooth chamber.
Once the tooth chamber is fully cleaned, Dr. Gandhi fills it with a dental material called gutta-percha and seals the access hole to prevent further infection. To ensure your tooth is fully protected, she recommends protecting your tooth with a porcelain crown — a cap-shaped dental restoration that protects your tooth and strengthens it against damage.
Some of the most common tooth infection symptoms include:
If you don’t seek treatment at the first signs of a tooth infection, you can develop an abscess — a pus-filled sac that grows at the roots of your tooth. An abscessed tooth can be excruciatingly painful, so you must contact your dentist immediately if you suddenly experience any of the above symptoms. Call the office today or book an appointment online to learn more.