If you have an infected tooth, Dr. Cox may recommend root canal therapy to alleviate your pain and rid the tooth of infection. Dr. Cox has been performing successful root canal treatments for years, so you can rest assured that you will receive quality treatment at Scarsdale Smiles. An infected tooth can negatively affect your day-to-day life and cause excruciating pain, so contact our office and get your dental health back on track!
Save Your Tooth With Root Canal Therapy
Dr. Cox has extensive experience performing successful root canal treatments
With numbing and sedation, root canal therapy is virtually pain-free
With early intervention, a root canal will save your tooth and prevent the need for extraction
We focus on function and aesthetics, so you can rest assured that your tooth will look and feel natural after your treatment
Root canal therapy, or Endodontic Therapy, is a restorative treatment used to repair infected teeth. If your tooth’s outer layers of enamel and dentin are damaged by a serious cavity or dental trauma, this may expose the interior “pulp” to bacteria. Eventually, this will result in the pulp becoming infected. The pulp is what supports your tooth and keeps it alive. During root canal therapy, specialized tools are used to open up a small hole in your tooth and remove the source of the infection.
First, Dr. Cox will numb your mouth and isolate your infected tooth with a dental dam. Then, he will make a small opening and use special dental tools to extract any damaged, decayed material from inside your tooth. Once this step is complete, he will sanitize and disinfect the inside of the tooth. The empty space will be filled with gutta-percha, a rubber-like material, that will help support your tooth’s structure. Finally, your tooth will be restored with a filling or a dental crown.
This typically depends on the location of the tooth. If it is one of your rear teeth (molars & premolars), a crown is usually recommended. For front teeth (canines and incisors), a filling is usually a better choice. Your bite puts more pressure on your rear teeth compared to your front teeth. A dental crown ensures that your tooth is strong enough to hold up to regular chewing after root canal therapy. Since the front teeth are not used as much for chewing, they usually do not need a crown.