If a tooth is severely damaged or infected, a root canal can save it from extraction. Call Dr. K Dental located in Union Square of Manhattan, New York, and Manhattan Beach of Brooklyn, New York, at the first sign of tooth discoloration, inflammation, or localized pain. The experienced dentists perform root canals to ease pain, clear inflammation or infection and preserve your natural teeth. Call for an appointment with Dr. K Dental today or use the online scheduling tool.
Teeth consist of a white hard outer layer, or dentin, with softer tissue inside called pulp. The pulp of your tooth contains nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels.
If your tooth’s pulp gets damaged or infected, the experienced providers at Dr. K Dental perform a root canal using an innovative ZEISS microscope for greater precision and predictability. Your dentist makes getting a root canal quick and pain-free.
If you have an infected tooth requiring a root canal, you might notice the following signs and symptoms.
You might also experience a fever or tenderness in lymph nodes, gums, and bone tissue. These are signs of a dental emergency that you should not ignore. See your Dr. K Dental provider at the first sign of a tooth infection, as immediate treatment increases the chance of saving your tooth.
A root canal is often a two-step process at Dr. K Dental.
During the first step of a root canal, your dentist numbs the affected area and removes the infected or inflamed pulp of the tooth. They clean the inside of the tooth and fill it with a special material before sealing the tooth.
Your dentist might prescribe antibiotics to help the infection heal, and give you a temporary crown, or cap, to cover the tooth while a dental lab creates your permanent crown. Same-day crowns are also available.
During a second visit, if needed, your provider cleans the area, seals your tooth again, and places a permanent crown on the tooth to protect it from future damage.
Once your restored tooth heals, you can return to normal use of it, but your dentist might recommend avoiding chewy foods, hard candies, and very hot or cold beverages for a period of time. Brush your teeth twice daily and floss every day. Attend regular dental exams and cleanings to prevent future damage.
If you have tooth pain, don’t put off going to the dentist before it’s too late to save your tooth. Call Dr. K Dental as soon as possible for a root canal appointment or use the online scheduler today.