No one wants to hear the words root canal when they go to the dentist, but advances in modern dental tools and technologies have made this procedure no more painful than a traditional filling. You can count on state-of-the-art root canal services from the dental experts at White Plains Family Dentistry, in White Plains, New York. If you’re due for a dental exam or are looking for an experienced dentist to perform your root canal, call or make an appointment online today.
A root canal is a standard dental procedure that removes decay from the inside of your tooth.
Each of your teeth consists of the hard enamel shell, the dentin, and a soft, pulpy interior housing the blood vessels and nerves that keep your tooth alive. If tooth decay reaches the interior of a tooth, it increases your risk of losing an adult tooth.
A root canal procedure removes the decay and seals your tooth to protect it from future decay and preserve its place in your mouth.
Some of the common signs that you might need a root canal include:
However, it’s also possible that you might not have any symptoms at all. Often, the only way to know that you need a root canal is when your routine dental X-rays reveal internal decay.
A root canal procedure is similar to having a traditional cavity filling. Your dentist begins by numbing your tooth and surrounding tissue thoroughly. Then, using special instruments, your dentist removes the decayed tissue working carefully to avoid removing healthy tooth tissue.
When your dentist finishes removing the decay, your tooth is clean out, ensuring that no decay or debris remains. Next, your tooth is filled with a rubbery dental cement. Finally, it’s sealed with a filling.
If necessary, your dentist will prepare your tooth for a crown to provide additional protection. If you need a crown, you have a follow-up appointment for your dentist to fit your crown and bond it to your tooth.
You may have some mild swelling or discomfort for a day or so after your root canal. You can take over-the-counter painkillers or use ice packs to alleviate any pain. If you need a crown, you should avoid chewing on the side of your mouth that was treated until your permanent crown is placed.
You can brush and floss your teeth regularly, although you may want to take extra care around your treated tooth for a couple of days if it’s tender.
If you’re due for a dental exam or have tooth pain, call White Plains Family Dentistry or make an appointment online today for expert dental care including root canals.
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