When Abington, PA patients are told they need root canal therapy, they are often concerned about what to expect. Are root canal treatments painful? Will they help eliminate this toothache? Is there an alternative? Why root canal therapy? There are many reasons why patients may need root canal therapy, and the dentists of McDowell Dental Group in Abington, PA can educate individuals on the benefits of treatment.
What is root canal therapy?
Drs. Gary McDowell and Ashley McDowell are dentists at our practice who provide root canal therapy. This procedure is often performed with a patient has an infection or trauma that impacts the inner canals of the tooth where a mass of tissues called the dental pulp reside. The dental pulp includes many elements that keep the tooth alive, including the blood supply and the nerves. When this area is infected, patients often experience a severe toothache that will not go away without treatment. During this procedure, the dentist accesses the inner canals of the tooth to remove the dental pulp, disinfect the canals, and seal off the area to keep bacteria from reentering.
Why choose root canal therapy?
The benefit of performing root canal therapy is that the natural tooth and its structure remains in the smile. This eliminates the need for the tooth to be permanently extracted. There is no other alternative treatments available to patients who need root canal therapy outside of tooth removal. Along with tooth removal comes additional costs and concerns for the placement of a dental implant, dental bridge, or partial denture to restore the smile’s function and beauty. Also, for many patients with dental insurance, root canal therapy may be partially or fully covered by one’s dental insurance benefits. This makes the procedure more economical than removal and replacement for many of our patients.
McDowell Dental Group encourages new patients to learn about root canal therapy
Drs. Gary McDowell and Ashley McDowell of Abington, PA welcome patients to book a consultation appointment with our team to discuss their needs. Call (215) 885-0555 to discuss your needs with our team today. We are conveniently located at 1047 Old York Road and accept new patients and families.