January 28, 2016

Most people understand the basics about what a root canal procedure does, at least in as much as they understand the costs and the recovery time, as well as the fact that it is a relatively rare necessity. What they often miss, at least until after they need the procedure, is the explanation for why and how this is happening. When you understand what leads to this procedure being necessary, though, then it becomes possible to either prevent it or to ask about getting it done early, when recovery will be easiest.

Become Necessary Because…

When a tooth is badly decayed or infected and it is not necessary to remove it, this procedure offers an option that can preserve the tooth’s placement in the mouth even after a regular filling is not possible. This is done by getting to the pulp of the tooth and removing it before it has a chance to cause more decay from the inside. Without this removal, the tooth is virtually guaranteed to continue decaying, no matter what your general dentist in Saratoga Springs, NY might do about it.

Why Tooth Pulp Needs to Be Removed

Generally, the answer to this question is simple: Because it’s infected, and the infection can spread and cause complications. Specifically, unchecked infections in the root of the tooth will often lead to:

  • Swelling in the area of the face and head, especially around the site of the infected tooth.
  • Bone loss and gum recession that can complicate other oral health issues.
  • Drainage issues, including holes in the teeth, gums, or cheeks that allow infected fluid to drain away into the mouth or skin.

The solution for this problem is always going to be a root canal after a certain point. Luckily, though, this procedure does completely correct the problem, and with proper aftercare and a good crown the tooth will be stable for years to come. If you have more questions, or if you just need a general dentist in Saratoga Springs, NY, you can set an appointment with Dr. Moskowitz by calling (518) 633-4446.



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