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Root Canal Roslyn Heights NY

Root CanalAn Overview

A root canal is a “life-saving” treatment for a tooth that is severely decayed, damaged, or otherwise compromised. By removing the inner pulp of the tooth, a root canal can restore your oral health and alleviate the need for a tooth extraction. When necessary, Dr. Sousa or Dr. Ahdoot can perform a root canal in the comfort of our Roslyn Heights dental office using the latest techniques for minimal discomfort. Root canal treatment is a general dentistry service East Hills Dental Associates provides to its patients.

The pulp of the tooth is made up of a collection of nerves, tissue, and blood vessels that supply nutrients to the tooth and surrounding tissue, especially important during tooth eruption and development. If damage or infection occurs, the nerves within the pulp signal that something is wrong, causing the toothache and pain often associated with a tooth needing a root canal.

Dr. Sousa or Dr. Ahdoot will recommend a root canal when possible to avoid the complications of tooth extraction and the need for replacement. The root canal procedure will relieve your pain and discomfort and stabilize your dental health.

Root Canal What to Expect

To begin the root canal, your dentist will numb the area or offer dental sedation for anxious patients. A small hole will be made in the back of the tooth and the infected inner pulp material will be removed.

The tooth is then cleaned out and a biocompatible material is placed in the empty pulp chamber to strengthen and stabilize the tooth. In many cases, it is recommended that a dental crown be placed later to provide a more lasting result.

The tooth is sealed to prevent future decay or infection before you leave our office. With good oral hygiene and regular dental care, your tooth can last for many years with a root canal and maintain the natural structure of your smile.

Root Canal FAQs

What should I expect after a root canal procedure?

Immediately following the procedure, you will more than likely feel relief. Most of the pain associated with a root canal is from the infection itself causing pressure and inflammation. However, you may feel some discomfort and sensitivity when consuming hot or cold things for a few days. We recommend chewing on the opposite side of your mouth until this subsides. You can also take some over-the-counter pain medication when necessary. After about a week, you should feel better. If you are still experiencing pain, please call our office for further assistance.

What is a root canal?

The term root canal refers to the interior of a tooth where the pulp and nerves are located. When this area becomes infected, it will require root canal therapy. When the pulp chamber becomes damaged or decayed, a ‘root canal’ treatment will remove the damaged material as well as the infection. Tooth pain is usually the first sign patients experience, though a dentist can spot infection during routine examinations.

Why do I need a dental crown after a root canal?

To protect the tooth after root canal therapy, most people will require a dental crown. On rare occasions, a dental crown will not be placed. A root canal exposes sensitive tooth enamel to elements. Dental crowns are used to protect and support your tooth after a significant portion has been removed.

Is it painful to have a root canal?

Root canal treatments have a reputation for being painful. However, they generally cause no more pain than a dental filling. Your dentist or endodontist will use anesthesia to numb the area around the affected tooth. This will significantly reduce pain during the procedure. You may, however, experience some discomfort for a few days after the treatment. But you can usually manage any discomfort with over-the-counter medications.

How long does a root canal last?

A root canal treatment can last a lifetime with proper care. However, the tooth needs to be properly restored after the procedure. Your dentist will usually recommend a crown after completing the root canal procedure. This will protect it from further damage or decay. If you take good care of your teeth and gums and maintain good oral hygiene, your restored tooth could last a lifetime.

Can I eat after the first stage of the root canal?

Yes, you can eat after the first stage of a root canal, but there are some things to keep in mind. It will help if you wait until the numbness in your mouth wears off to prevent biting your cheek or tongue. Next, avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where the endodontist performed the procedure. When you eat, it’s best to choose soft foods and avoid chewing with the treated tooth to prevent any discomfort or damage to the temporary filling. Remember, every patient’s situation is unique, so follow the specific instructions given by your endodontist or dentist.