Root Canal

Root Canal Treatment in Bayside, Queens

When the nerve and live tissue of a tooth is infected due to decay, a root canal treatment is indicated in order to clean the canals of the roots from of all the inflamed and infected tissue. This usually saves the tooth by removing the pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria inside the tooth. Then the cleaned canals are replaced with medicated dental materials that fill the space of original pulp and nerve tissue. 

Patients choose to have root canals treatment preformed when they wish to save a tooth that would otherwise have to be removed. Most patients believe that extracting the tooth is the best idea. However, removing a tooth is costly and leaves a space that may cause problems for other adjacent and opposing teeth.  To avoid this problem, the removed tooth should be replaced by a dental implants, bridge, or removable partial denture, which is also costly.

Root canals performed at Dazzling Smile Dental Group are 90% successful and will usually last a lifetime. On occasion a tooth may have to be treated for new infections.

Possible signs of a root canal needed:

  • There may be an abscess or pimple on the gums.
  • The tooth may be become sensitive to hot and cold.
  • The patient may experience severe tooth ache.
  • There may be swelling or tenderness around the tooth.

Reasons for root canal therapy:

First reason is extensive tooth decay. When the decay inside the tooth reaches the pulp of the tooth (the living tissue inside the tooth), it causes inflammation and infection of the pulp. This leads to an abscess at the root tip.

Second reason is injury or trauma to the tooth which involves the pulp or is very close to the pulp.

Third, when tooth becomes symptomatic and painful.

What happens during a root canal therapy?

The root canal procedure will require one or more appointments that can be performed by one of our dentists at Dazzling Smile Dental Group.

When the area is anesthetized, our dentist may place a rubber dam (rubber protection) around the tooth to keep it dry and free of saliva.  An opening is made at the top of the tooth and a series of root canal files are used through the opening one at a time. These remove the pulp, the nerve tissue and any bacteria inside the canals.   If there is any decay inside the tooth, it will be removed with a special dental instrument.

Root Canal Therapy  

Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned of all bacteria and debris, the canal is then sealed with a permanent root canal filling.

The patient may need additional appointments to restore the access opening and broken or decayed part of the tooth. This may be a permanent filling, onlay, inlay, or a crown. The final restoration protects and prevents the tooth from breaking and restores the tooth to its full function. Our dentist will discuss the treatment of choice for each patient with him or her.

 Once the root canal treatment has finished the tooth may still be sensitive for a while. Eventually, this sensitivity will subside as the inflammation inside the tooth reduces and the tooth begins to heal. 

If the patient practices good oral hygiene routines and regular dental visits, it will aid the life of the root canal.

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