Infections in your teeth are caused by bacteria that have entered the interior layer. They can enter in a variety of different ways – cracks and chips that extend into the inner layer, deep cavities, gum disease. As the infection grows, an abscess can develop at the root of the affected tooth. Infections in your teeth can lead to a significant amount of pain, along with other oral health complications. Infections will not go away on their own. To remove an infection from the inside of your tooth, a root canal is needed. At National Dental Williston Park, your root canal is performed using rotary endodontics.
WHY DO I NEED A ROOT CANAL?
While your teeth don’t look it, they are quite complex. Underneath the hard enamel exterior is the dentin of your teeth. The dentin contains hollow canals that lead to the roots of the teeth. There is also pulp located inside your teeth, which contains blood vessels and nerves. Should bacteria get inside the tooth, it can take up residence inside the canals, and attack the pulp. Your pulp then becomes irritated and inflamed, causing you a significant amount of pain. As the infection grows, the bacteria can spill out of the root of the tooth into the jawbone, forming an abscess. Because the canals inside your teeth are so complex, the only way to effectively remove an infection and restore the health to your mouth is with a root canal (endodontic treatment).
Endodontic treatment, more commonly known as a root canal, is the process by which an infection is removed from the interior of a tooth. After a local anesthetic, a small hole is drilled into the top of the tooth. Small tools are then used to remove the infected pulp. The canals are then shaped and cleaned. The interior of your tooth is disinfected. It is then filled, and a crown is placed on the tooth, sealing it away from new bacteria while providing it with strength.
WHAT IS ROTARY ENDODONTICS?
At National Dental, your root canal is performed using rotary endodontics. Typically, once the pulp has been removed, the canals are shaped using a manual stainless-steel file. With rotary endodontics, we use an electric handpiece equipped with a nickel-titanium tip. Nickel-titanium is up to 5 times more flexible than stainless steel. This means that the tip can more easily access curved canals, limiting the risk of damaging the tooth.
BENEFITS OF ROTARY ENDODONTIC TREATMENT
Rotary endodontic treatment offers several benefits:
- Less risk for complications. Nickel-titanium is more reliable than stainless steel.
- Rotary endodontics allows for a smoother, more consistent cleaning of your canals.
- With electric handpieces, your treatment time is reduced.
- Electric handpieces are quieter than the manual stainless-steel tools.
For patients who have dental anxiety, the noise created by the stainless-steel file can trigger fear and lead you to avoid treatment. By avoiding treatment, you put your oral, and overall, health at risk. The reduced noise, accompanied by the reduced treatment time, associated with rotary endodontic treatment can help to ease your anxieties, allowing you to get the treatment you need when you need it.
If you are experiencing pain in your tooth, it is important to seek treatment right away. If an infection is diagnosed, rotary endodontics can help restore the health of your mouth. For more information, or to schedule your appointment, call National Dental Williston Park today at (516) 686-9780.