Root Canal

Sonrisas Sanas Dental

Dentists located in Elmhurst, New York, NY

If the thought of a root canal fills you with dread, you probably aren’t aware of advancements in dental technology that make a root canal nothing to fear. If you experience tooth pain or any other sign of advanced tooth decay, schedule an appointment right away with Sonrisas Sanas Dental in New York City. Waiting not only prolongs the pain and discomfort it also decreases the chances your tooth can be restored to full function and appearance. Root canals can restore a decayed tooth and eliminate pain, so book your visit by calling the office or using the online scheduling tool.

Root Canal Q & A

Sonrisas Sanas Dental

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a restorative dental procedure that can save a significantly decayed tooth. Millions of root canals are performed every year, and the procedure has come a long way in recent decades.

To understand the root canal process, it helps to know a bit about the interior structure of your teeth. Each tooth is a living part of your body.

The outermost layer is a hard tissue called enamel. Just beneath your enamel lies another hard layer called dentin.

Next comes your pulp, a layer of soft tissue containing connective tissue, blood vessels, and your tooth’s nerve. If your pulp becomes infected, a root canal is the only treatment option. Left untreated, the infected pulp can lead to a painful tooth abscess and tooth loss.

Do I need a root canal?

If you notice significant tooth pain, you probably have some level of dental decay, and might need a root canal. Additional symptoms include:

  • Pain that increases with pressure
  • Sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Darkened tooth
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • A bump on gum tissue near the painful tooth

Any time you notice a change in your dental health, you should book a visit with Sonrisas Sanas Dental. Addressing dental decay early can prevent the need for more involved procedures.

What happens during a root canal?

First, your dentist uses local anesthesia to numb the treatment area.  A dental dam is placed to isolate the tooth before drilling a small hole near the top of your tooth.

Your dentist  then uses tiny dental instruments — called files — to remove the infected pulp and shape the inner chambers (roots) of your tooth. After the tooth is thoroughly rinsed, an an antimicrobial solution to kill any leftover bacteria is used in canals.

Your dentist then fills the now-empty chambers with a special rubbery material. They then close the access hole with a small filling. They take impressions to send to the lab where your custom crown is manufactured. They give you a temporary crown to protect your tooth until your permanent one is finished, but it’s important to remember that your tooth is vulnerable until the crown is placed, and to take care not to bite down on anything hard.

Once your permanent crown is fitted and cemented into place, your root canal is complete. Your restored tooth no longer hurts, and it looks and functions like a natural tooth.  

To learn if a root canal is right for you, book a consult  with Sonrisas Sanas Dental today.