Sometimes the root of a tooth becomes compromised due to breakage or other trauma, or decay and a root canal must be performed. During a root canal, Dr. Jethani will remove the pulp from the center of the compromised tooth and fills the cavity left behind. After the pulp is removed and the hole filled, a crown will be placed over the tooth to seal it in and provide strength to the remaining tooth structure. This must be done to prevent the development of a painful infection in the pulp, which could cause abscess and spread to other teeth. Root canals are also performed to treat infections that have developed into an abscessed tooth.
While Dr. Jethani will numb the area of the procedure while it is being performed, you will likely feel some discomfort after the numbing medicine wears off. Pain medication should help with this and pain should subside in a matter of days.
If you are experiencing tooth discomfort, or you have an infection or abscess, call our Englewood dental office right away so Dr. Jethani can help.
Occasionally teeth are so damaged or infected that they need to be removed to preserve the overall health of your mouth. Dr. Jethani will not make this decision lightly and will discuss all options with you before any dental extractions are performed.
The removed tooth can be replaced with a dental implant or a bridge.
Contact Englewood Family Dentistry today if you are experiencing tooth pain and/or infection to discuss all your options with Dr. Jethani