Root canal therapy, or sometimes just called root canal, has come a long way. Gone are the days when you had to think of root canal as something to fear. Today, thanks to modern techniques and equipment, our Brooklyn endodontist can assure you that it’s a process that will relieve you of the pain you are already experiencing, rather than cause you additional pain. In fact, most patients report little or no discomfort during root canal.
When your tooth’s pulp becomes infected, due to the effects of tooth decay, a deep filling, or a tooth that is cracked or chipped, bacteria has the opportunity to get inside your tooth and reach the pulp. The result is typically an infection and a great deal of pain. Of course, brushing after meals and flossing every along with regular six month dental exams and teeth cleanings is the best way to prevent that from happening. The reality, though, is that no matter how much effort you put into your oral care, circumstance may conspire that will lead you to needing root canal. The most obvious symptom is pain, often severe, when you chew with the tooth or apply pressure to it. Among the other signs to look for tooth discoloration, tender gums, and becoming highly sensitive to very hot or cold liquids. If you do experience any of the above, call us right away and we’ll book you for an appointment with our Brooklyn endodontist.
The procedure begins with a local anesthetic to make sure that you are as comfortable as possible. Access to the pulp is achieved by drilling from the top of the tooth. The nerve and injured pulp will be removed. The area is cleaned as are the canals, which are then sealed. You may need multiple visits for our Brooklyn endodontist to complete the work. If so, you will be fitted for a temporary crown to protect the tooth in the mean time. After the root canal is finished, you will be measured for a permanent crown. With an impressive success rate of about 90%, root canal is the best, and usually only, way to save your natural tooth once it has succumbed to infection.