Did you know that a root canal could alleviate the pain from an infected tooth and save its natural structure? At Creative Dentistry of Brooklyn Heights, a root canal specialist can expertly extract and clean out the infection from your tooth, relieving your pain and enabling you to protect your dental health. Call the office in Brooklyn Heights, New York, today to schedule an appointment or book online to determine if a root canal is right for you.
A root canal is a highly effective and safe procedure to remove the infected pulp of your tooth and replace it with a biocompatible material. A root canal is a way to save the structure of your tooth.
The pulp is needed for your tooth’s growth and development, and it does contain blood vessels and nerves. However, once your tooth has fully matured, the pulp isn’t necessary for its integrity, and it’s safe to remove it if it’s infected.
Some people don't display any symptoms that indicate a tooth pulp infection. But during your regular professional dental cleaning and check-up at Creative Dentistry of Brooklyn Heights, the infection may be visible on an X-ray. Some of the symptoms or signs that you might need a root canal include:
If you notice any of these symptoms, contact Creative Dentistry of Brooklyn Heights to determine if a root canal is the right choice to relieve your pain.
Creative Dentistry of Brooklyn Heights has an on-site root canal specialist who performs the procedure under local anesthesia, so you don’t feel much during your procedure. You might feel a little sore and sensitive in the area for a few days following your procedure, and you can use over-the-counter pain medications to relieve any immediate discomfort.
If your pain persists for more than a few days, you should contact your dentist. A root canal should alleviate any pain you felt from your infected tooth after the healing process is complete.
With a root canal, your dentist numbs the area around the affected tooth and makes a small hole in your tooth. They scrape out any signs of infection and places a special dental solution inside to kill bacteria. Teeth normally have between 1-4 root canals, so a procedure may involve cleaning out one or multiple root canals.
Your dentist adds a rubbery material called gutta-percha or uses a root canal sealer to carefully fill in the area where the infected pulp was. Your dentist seals the site to complete your root canal procedure.
After a root canal treatment, your tooth is usually fitted with a filling or a porcelain crown to protect the vulnerable site.
Don’t wait any longer if you have questions or concerns about a root canal. Call Creative Dentistry of Brooklyn Heights or schedule through the online booking tool today.