The Philadelphia Dentist
Lee Schriftman, DDS

How We Save Teeth – Root Canal Explained

November 16, 2022
Posted By: Dr. Lee Schriftman

Tooth damage comes in many forms, but often the result is the same, a tooth root infection. Your outer tooth layer, or the enamel, may be the hardest substance in your body, but bacterial growth's slow and relentless activity can eventually wear a hole. We know these holes as tooth cavities. If they go unfilled, the infection enters your inner tooth and infects the passages called your root canals.

At the Philadelphia Dentist, our goal is to address a root infection before it endangers your entire tooth. So, one way we save teeth is through a procedure with the same name as the structure it repairs. First, a root canal in Philadelphia removes the infected inner tooth tissue and seals your inner tooth. Then, in many cases, our dentists will protect your remaining tooth structure with a porcelain dental crown.

When You May Need a Root Canal

You may often wait until your tooth root infection becomes excruciatingly painful before you seek treatment. But this debilitating toothache is usually accompanied, or even preceded by a few symptoms you can watch for, such as:

  • Sharp pain when you bite down
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Inflamed, reddened, or puffy gums
  • A small eruption on your gums
  • A blackened or 'dirt tooth.'
  • Bad breath or a foul taste in your mouth

We encourage you to contact your Philadelphia dentist if you experience one or more of these symptoms.

How Long Do Root Canals Last?

When you choose an experienced root canal dentist like the Philadelphia Dentist, your root canal treatment should last for many years, especially when you finish the procedure with a high-quality tooth crown. A Journal of Endodontics study found that over 90% of root canals last five years, and 86% last ten years or longer. So with proper care and regular dental checkups, your root canal may conserve your remaining tooth for life.

Root Canal Specialist in Philadelphia, PA

If you are experiencing pain and other troubles from a tooth root infection, the Philadelphia Dentist is ready to perform a root canal and save your tooth. Our expert dental team will ensure the procedure is safe, comfortable, and effective.

We encourage you to call us today if you may need a root canal. We are open seven days a week and can treat you immediately.

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