When the inner pulp of a tooth becomes severely damaged or diseased, root canal therapy may be necessary in order to restore the tooth and prevent the need for extraction.
Many patients do not understand the treatment options for seriously decayed or infected teeth, and assume that having the tooth removed is easier. At the Office of Dr. Bellisario, saving your natural teeth is always preferable to extracting a damaged tooth and replacing it with a dental implant or dental bridge.
The Benefits of Tooth Preservation
According to the American Association of Endodontists, over 40 million teeth are extracted every year, despite the fact that many of them could have been saved through root canal treatment.
Although root canal therapy may cost more than tooth extraction, many people forget that the removed tooth must also be replaced through a separate procedure (dental implants, dental bridges, or dentures). With this in mind, the total cost of a root canal procedure is less than the tooth extraction and replacement process.
The Root Canal Process
In the past, root canals have had a reputation for being painful procedures. However, with today’s techniques and dental technology, root canals can be performed in a way that causes little to no discomfort.
Local anesthetic is used to numb the tooth, and a small access hole is created to remove the decayed nerve tissue, bacteria, and related debris inside your tooth. Once this step is complete, your inner tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and sealed.
At most, you can expect some residual soreness during the first 48 hours after treatment. Dr. Bellisario can recommend an over-the-counter medication to control this discomfort.
Dr. Bellisario performs the majority of root canals in-house. However, if your case is especially complex and requires more advanced numbing techniques, we may refer you to a trusted endodontic specialist in the area.
If you have further questions about root canal therapy and other treatment options to save damaged teeth, please contact The Office of Dr. Bellisario through our online form or call 610-642-7024 today to schedule your personal consultation. We welcome patients from Ardmore, Havertown, Bryn Mawr, Newtown Square, Bala Cynwyd, and the rest of the Main Line area of Pennsylvania.