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Did you know that root canals are about saving your teeth, not extracting them? Millions of teeth are saved every year with root canal therapy.

Also, contrary to popular misconceptions, root canals are designed to relieve your pain, not cause it. Symptoms that lead to root canals usually include mild to severe toothaches. Getting a root canal, however, is relatively painless. If you’ve ever gotten a cavity filled, any pain you will experience is similar—very mild. Dr. Anthony Foster will thoroughly numb the area to make sure that you are comfortable while working on your teeth.

So what’s happening inside your tooth? Well, two layers down, under your outer white enamel and a hard layer called dentin, is the tooth’s pulp. Pulp is made up of blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue, which is designed to help your adult teeth develop.

After your tooth has fully grown, however, you will no longer need the pulp. The gum tissue surrounding the tooth supports its life instead. If your pulp becomes diseased, Dr. Anthony Foster can safely remove the pulp using root canal therapy. Otherwise the rest of the tooth can be infected, leading to a necessary extraction.

Do you think you need a root canal? Call Foster Dental in Brooklyn, New York at 718-673-8060 for an emergency appointment. We’re here to save your smile.