A Conservative Root Canal Can Preserve Your Tooth and Oral Health

If you are suffering from a chronic toothache or dental sensitivity, you may require a root canal. This treatment, also known as endodontic therapy, can help relieve pain and prevent re-infection. Dr. Joseph Fusco uses advanced biomimetic dentistry techniques to perform root canal therapy at his Rockville Centre, NY, dental practice. Using these innovative methods, he can preserve as much of your tooth as possible. He will also provide a dental crown that will be almost identical to your tooth in both look and function. Thus, you can enjoy lasting results with low risk for additional oral health problems. Finally, because biomimetic dentistry emphasizes a conservative approach, your treatment will typically involve very little discomfort.

An illustration of root canal therapy treatment
Root canal therapy can help preserve your tooth structure and oral function. 

When Do We Recommend Root Canal Therapy?

In most cases, Dr. Fusco will perform a root canal if you have an infected tooth. Infection sets in when oral bacteria settles inside the soft pulp in the center chamber of your tooth. These tissues house the ends of nerves that travel down your root canals. Thus, bacteria can spread along your roots, causing significant and far-reaching discomfort. A chronic toothache is the most common symptom of infection. A toothache could be localized, or it could radiate across your face, neck, and shoulders. Very often, your discomfort will be more pronounced when you bite down, eat sugary foods, or consume cold beverages.

Less commonly, Dr. Fusco will recommend a root canal to repair a cracked tooth. In these cases, the crack is typically quite long but does not extend all the way to your dental roots.

What Should You Expect During Your Root Canal?

During your root canal, Dr. Fusco will remove the infected tissue from the center portion of your tooth and from your root canals. Thanks to his biomimetic methods, he will target the damaged tissues, leaving the healthy parts of your tooth largely unaffected. Prior to beginning the procedure, Dr. Fusco will numb your tooth and gums. Therefore, your treatment can be virtually discomfort-free. You may, however, feel a slight pressure during the procedure.

After preparing your tooth, Dr. Fusco or one of our team members will take impressions of your teeth and gums so our trusted partner lab can create a dental crown. If you desire a fast turnaround, we can order your restoration from a local facility. However, if aesthetics are your biggest concern, we recommend a crown made at a lab in Turin, Italy. There, an extremely skilled ceramist can create a restoration made from top-of-the-line dental materials. After your crown is finished, you will have one more appointment, at which time Dr. Fusco will attach the restoration.

If you are suffering from a chronic toothache or dental sensitivity, you may require a root canal. This treatment, also known as endodontic therapy, can help relieve pain and prevent re-infection. 

The Benefits of Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy can improve and protect your oral health. If an infection goes untreated, your discomfort could significantly intensify. You could develop gum abscesses or chronic bad breath, and the bacteria could spread to your other teeth or your gums. In rare cases, you could develop a serious bone infection. Unchecked infection can eventually destroy your tooth, requiring extraction and additional restorative care. Root canal therapy can also protect your systemic wellness. If bacteria remains in your mouth, it can spread to the rest of your body through your bloodstream. This can cause serious problems, such as sinus infections, heart conditions, or brain abscesses.

Contact Us to Alleviate Painful Symptoms

Because of the risks of untreated dental infection, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Call our office at (516) 766-6767 or contact us online today if you are suffering from a toothache or other symptoms of infection.

Joseph P. Fusco, DDS, MAGD

Joseph P. Fusco, DDS, MAGD

Dr. Joseph Fusco and his team of compassionate dental professionals offer the community of Long Island, NY, world-class dental care using the latest technology. Dr. Fusco is a member of several professional organizations, including:
  • The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • The Academy of General Dentistry
  • The Academy of Biomimetic Dentistry
  • The Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry

To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call (516) 766-6767 today.

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