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Root Canals

Root canal procedures are often essential for preserving teeth and typically cause minimal discomfort for patients. Each year, numerous teeth are salvaged through root canal therapy at LuxDen Dental Center in Brooklyn. We provide this endodontic treatment to address damaged or infected pulp within the teeth, helping to restore dental health and functionality.

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What is a Root Canal?

Root canals refer to the natural spaces within the tooth that house the pulp, playing a crucial role in upholding tooth health and function. Root canal treatment encompasses the extraction of inflamed or infected pulp from within the tooth, followed by meticulous cleaning and disinfection of the area, and ultimately filling and sealing the canal. The primary objective of this procedure is to eradicate bacteria from the infected root canal, thwart potential reinfection, and maintain the integrity of the natural tooth structure.
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How Long will a Root Canal take?

For some individuals, the prospect of undergoing root canal therapy may evoke a sense of apprehension. Despite its undeserved reputation, root canal treatment is a beneficial procedure recommended by dentists to salvage teeth from extraction. Contrary to common misconceptions, root canal therapy is not a cause for fear and should not be associated with pain, as ample local anesthetic is administered to ensure complete numbing of the tooth. Rather, this treatment offers immediate relief from the discomfort associated with severe toothache caused by infection, aiming to restore comfort and preserve the affected tooth’s integrity.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

While only your dentist can definitively determine if a root canal is necessary, it’s crucial to be aware of warning signs that may indicate the need for intervention. If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s essential to promptly contact your dentist for evaluation. 

  • Persistent toothache: A continuous or recurring toothache, especially one that worsens with pressure or at night.
  • Sensitivity to temperature: Increased sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages, which may linger even after the stimulus is removed.
  • Pain upon chewing or biting: Discomfort or sharp pain when biting down or chewing food.
  • Swelling or tenderness: Swelling, tenderness, or inflammation in the surrounding gum tissue.
  • Discoloration: Darkening or discoloration of the tooth, which may indicate damage to the nerve.
  • Prolonged sensitivity: Sensitivity that persists after the removal of the stimulus, such as after drinking a cold beverage.
  • Abscess: Formation of a pus-filled bump (abscess) on the gums near the affected tooth, often accompanied by severe pain and swelling.
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What is the procedure like?

A root canal procedure begins with the administration of local anesthesia to ensure the patient’s comfort throughout the treatment. Once the tooth is numb, the dentist creates a small access opening in the top portion of the tooth to reach the inner pulp chamber and root canals. Using specialized instruments, the infected or inflamed pulp tissue is carefully removed from the canals.

The canals are then thoroughly cleaned, shaped, and disinfected to eliminate any remaining bacteria and debris. Afterward, the canals are filled with a biocompatible material, typically gutta-percha, to seal them and prevent further infection.

Finally, a temporary or permanent filling is placed to seal the access opening. In some cases, a dental crown may be recommended to provide additional support and protection to the treated tooth. Overall, the goal of a root canal procedure is to eliminate infection, alleviate pain, and preserve the natural tooth structure whenever possible.

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