Root canals are commonplace dental procedures that tend to stir people’s anxiety at their mere suggestion. The team at Wappinger Falls Dental Arts in Wappinger Falls, New York, aims to settle these fears with painless root canals that preserve your tooth’s health and structure. To learn more about root canals and see if you need one, call the clinic or book your next visit online today.
A root canal is a procedure that your dentist performs to remove the soft inner pulp from your tooth. The pulp is comprised of tissues and nerves that help each tooth grow into a healthy adult tooth. Removing this pulp because of disease or decay won’t cost you your tooth if it has already finished growing. Your dentist fills the empty space or otherwise reinforces your tooth’s structure after removing the inside.
A root canal can relieve pain and keep you from losing your tooth altogether. While many patients are afraid of the procedure because of the common myth that they hurt, root canals are generally painless and actually relieve any pain that you’re feeling from the underlying problem.
There are several reasons why your dentist might recommend a root canal to treat a problematic tooth. You likely need to get a root canal if:
If you feel pain, swelling, or a mysterious heating sensation in or around one of your teeth, the pulp within it might be damaged and will require a root canal to fix it. To decide whether or not a root canal would solve the problem, the Wappinger Falls Dental Arts team takes an X-ray of your tooth to see the inside.
Root canal procedures can take two office visits to complete. During your appointment, your dentist injects local anesthesia to numb your tooth and the surrounding area and cleans it to prepare to remove the pulp.
Next, your dentist uses a tiny drill to create a hole in the tooth and uses specialized tools to clean away all diseased or damaged pulp from within. Then, an antimicrobial wash is used to clean the inside and kill off any remaining bacteria.
Once the inside of your tooth is clean, your dentist fills the inside space with a rubber-like filling material to strengthen it. A couple of weeks or so later, you’ll return to the office to have your remaining tooth built up and prepared to receive a customized crown, which is placed over your tooth to protect it from further vulnerability and damage, if necessary.
Rather than enduring the pain of an infected tooth, you should explore the option of a root canal. To find out if you need one, call Wappinger Falls Dental Arts or book your consultation online today.