Tooth decay, trauma or cracks can cause the nerves of teeth to die and chronic dental pain. When this occurs your tooth can often still be saved with root canal therapy. Chronic pain, swelling, sensitivity to hot or cold, or a darkening tooth, are signs that a problem exists. Digital images and X-rays are used to confirm proper treatment.
Your root canal can be done under sedation if you are apprehensive about the procedure, or you have been uncomfortable at the dentist in the past.
During treatment, the dentist cleans out the infected nerve area within the roots. After all the nerve has been removed, the canals are sealed to prevent a future root canal infection.
In most cases, your root canal procedure can be finished in one visit. After the procedure, most patients experience little to no pain. All patients are given pain relievers however, to minimize any discomfort. Teeth treated with root canal need to be restored afterwards. This could range from a simple filling to a large build-up with a post or a crown. Dr. Siegelman and Dr. Currier have extensive experience with root canal therapy and dental anxiety and phobia, call our New York City office to learn more how their expertise can help you,
What is Root Canal Therapy?
A root canal is the most commonly performed endodontic procedures. It involves treating problems within the soft core of the tooth, also known as the dental pulp. This procedure can be used to save a natural tooth and prevent the need for restoration techniques such as implants or bridges. The dental pulp is the soft tissue found inside the tooth from the top all the way down to the end of the root. It contains nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue that provide nutrients to the tooth as it grows. Infection of the pulp can be caused by an untreated cavity, trauma to the tooth, cracks or repeated dental procedures. Patients with infected pulp may experience such symptoms as chronic toothache pain, discoloration or swelling of the tooth, prolonged sensitivity to temperature or tenderness in the gums.
Why Should I Choose The Team At Dental Phobia To Perform My Root Canal?
Dr. Siegelman’s goal in our office is to provide exceptional dental care without pain or anxiety. Although root canal therapy is a comfortable procedure, the importance of sedation dentistry for many patients with these procedures is paramount. We want all our patients to enjoy the benefits of having a healthy, beautiful smile. Our team doesn’t want any apprehension or anxiety for a procedure to prevent you from coming in to address the problem.
That’s why it’s important for anxious patients to know that Dr. Siegelman is a board-certified dentist anesthesiologist. This provides the dental expertise combined with extensive knowledge of the various sedation options to keep our patients comfortable and calm.
How Is A Root Canal Performed?
If it is determined that your pulp is diseased, we will most likely recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate it. We will make an opening in the tooth and into the pulp chamber and remove the damaged pulp. The canals of the tooth root are then thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This procedure usually involves local anesthesia and is typically completed in one or two visits, depending on the treatment needed. Root canal therapy is successful in about 90% of cases. Although many patients associate the this procedure with major discomfort and chronic dental pain, in actuality it is usually not painful.
What Are The Benefits Of Having A Root Canal Done Under Sedation?
If you’re at all anxious about having a root canal, or any other dental procedure for that matter, we offer sedation. This takes the edge off, and you can relax during the procedure. Plus, the time passes quite quickly. Dr. Siegelman and our team feel strongly that patients should always be comfortable while in our office. If sedation helps a patient achieve that, it’s the perfect option.
How Do I Know If I Need A Root Canal?
When there is an issue with the interior of the tooth, you’ll usually know because there can be some discomfort involved.
Symptoms to watch for
- Dull ache or throbbing pain
- Tenderness to the touch
- Temperature sensitivity to hot and cold
- Tenderness when biting or chewing
- Discoloration of the tooth
- Swelling or tenderness of the gum tissue surrounding the tooth
- Persistent pimples on the gums
In some cases, usually involving tooth trauma that could have occurred years ago, the patient won’t have these symptoms, or at least they won’t have them yet. Dr. Siegelman and our team will spot the infection on your x-rays when you come in for your twice-yearly exams and cleanings. You don’t feel it yet, as the infection hasn’t reached the nerves.
Pain Free Treatment
Root canal treatment is a commonly misunderstood dental procedure. It is an outdated misperception to think of root canals as an uncomfortable procedure. Modern root canals are as comfortable as a simple filling placed in a tooth. The goal of the procedure is to save your tooth. The procedure will remove all the infection and nerves from the interior of the tooth. This makes the tooth incapable of feeling pain or any other sensation going forward.
Our team will make sure you are comfortable and numb throughout the procedure. If you would like to combine some sedation during the procedure, we can provide several sedation options for you. After the procedure, you may have some tenderness when chewing. If the tooth infection was impacting the surrounding gums, you might have some residual soreness as they return to normal now that the inflammation is gone.
Why Should I Have A Root Canal Instead Of Just Extracting The Infected Tooth?
Our team always seeks to save the natural tooth, if possible. That is what a root canal can do. In most cases, a crown is placed over the tooth to provide enduring strength and to protect the natural tooth underneath. This combination means many patients can keep their natural tooth for the rest of their life. Having a root canal and a crown is less expensive than extracting the tooth and then replacing it with a dental implant.
What Happens After Treatment?
After your root canal therapy is complete, we will determine what type of restoration will best protect your treated tooth. Complications are rare after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur, however, please contact our office immediately. To prevent decay or another infection, practice good dental hygiene on a daily basis.
What Should I Expect After My Root Canal?
You may have some sensitivity, however most patients do not experience any soreness after root canal treatment. Any discomfort can be easily handled with over-the-counter pain medication. Our office will review the best post-procedure care instructions to meet your individual needs.
In need of root canal therapy? Call our office at (212) 974-8737 for more information about root canal therapy in the New York City, Westchester County, Long Island, Rockland County, New Jersey or Connecticut areas.