Do I Need Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy has always had a reputation for being painful. However, in practice it is actually quite comfortable. Rather than making tooth pain worse, it is intended to eliminate it altogether. If you are plagued by unexplained toothaches, Drs. Daniel Duggan, Nellab Hashimi, and John Seylar perform root canal procedures in Bayshore, NY, to ease discomfort and cut off infection.
Do I Need Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy is an endodontic treatment used to remove bacteria from inside a tooth. An infection that is allowed to continue can lead to tooth loss, bone loss, and gum destruction.
Although some patients experience only mild symptoms of an abscessed tooth, others report more intense warning signs, such as:
- Throbbing toothache
- Pain radiating from the tooth into the jawbone, sinuses, jaw joint, head, and neck
- Pus draining from around the tooth
- A small pimple on the gum near the affected tooth
- Greying or discoloration of the tooth
If you visit your dentist with these concerns, he may recommend root canal therapy. When performed properly, this treatment can save your tooth and restore your smile.
What Happens During Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy can generally be completed in one or two appointments. Before the procedure begins, you will be appropriately numbed to ensure your relaxation and comfort.
During root canal therapy, your dentist will create a small hole in your tooth enamel to gain access to the tooth pulp and nerve at the center. Through this hole, he can remove infected tissue, typically the nerves and blood vessels, before cleaning and sanitizing the area. To prevent bacteria from entering the inside of your tooth, he will then fill the space with a special rubbery material called gutta-percha. Finally, the tooth is sealed with a composite filling. In some cases, your dentist may also recommend a dental crown to cover the tooth if it is significantly damaged or discolored.
Any pain experienced prior to the procedure should fade away within a few days.
After the procedure, patients may experience a bit of tenderness at the site of their root canal. However, any pain experienced prior to the procedure should fade away within a few days. To reduce any discomfort, you can take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or naproxen. We also recommend avoiding strenuous activity for the first 48 hours. An elevated heart rate can increase your risk for postoperative bleeding, swelling, and discomfort.
Expected Outcomes After Root Canal Therapy
What can you expect after undergoing root canal therapy? Here are a few advantages:
- Your pre-treatment tooth pain will be gone.
- Your tooth can function normally again.
- Infection will not spread to the neighboring teeth.
- Your smile will look complete and natural.
- You can worry less about potentially losing a tooth.
Discuss Root Canal Therapy With Your Dentist
If you think it is time for a dental exam or if you are worried you might have an infected tooth, you can schedule a consultation at our office. Call our office at (631) 586-6300 or reach out online any time to set up an appointment with one of our doctors.
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