Root Canal Therapy in Selden, NY

Endodontics from S. Scotto-Lavino, D.D.S., P.C. can help you keep your smile intact.

Endodontics deals with the health of the inside of your tooth. If you’ve begun experiencing chronic tooth pain or sensitivity, you may be suffering from an infection of the pulp inside of your tooth or an abscess at the tip of a root. Root canal therapy is an endodontic treatment that can successfully treat most tooth infections and abscesses. In the past, the main treatment for these problems was tooth extraction, but we’d always rather treat the problem and save your tooth. That’s why Dr. Stephen Scotto-Lavino performs endodontics such as root canal therapy at our Selden dental office.

Why might you need root canal therapy?

If you develop an infection in your tooth’s pulp (the tissue that runs through the tooth), it will not be able to sustain itself. After a time, the disease will kill the pulp. This problem generally arises from a fracture, injury, or large cavity that has opened up the pulp to exposure. Once the infection has killed the pulp, an abscess can form, and it will begin to destroy the jaw bone. This will eventually lead to the loss of the tooth.

You don’t have to allow your tooth to be lost to tooth infection, however. Modern dental care includes endodontics, offering procedures like root canal therapy that can treat these infections and protect your tooth from future issues. Root canal therapy involves going into the tooth and cleaning out infected tissue, then filling the tooth and capping it with a crown. When you seek endodontic care for your tooth infection, you can change the outcome of the problem, avoiding more damage and saving your smile.

The only way to know whether or not you need endodontic root canal therapy is to visit our Selden dental office for an exam. If you’re experiencing pain, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with Dr. Scotto-Lavino. We are convenient for all of Long Island, serving nearby communities such as Centereach, Port Jefferson Station, Mt. Sinai, Terryville, Farmingville, and Coram.


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