A root canal is an important dental treatment that can save your natural tooth from extraction if it has become severely damaged or infected. Modern advances in both techniques and materials have made the root canal procedure less uncomfortable and more effective.
Dr. Lotardo, Dr. Pop or Dr. Caesar perform root canals at Bella Smiles in Riverhead, Nesconset and Roslyn, NY. We often recommend this treatment to keep your natural tooth in place, maintaining the structure of your smile. Losing a tooth can set the stage for more complex dental problems and if replacement is necessary, more extensive and expensive dentistry.
Root Canals: What to Expect
Your root canal treatment is typically completed in a single visit to your local Bella Smiles office location. Our dental care team will make every effort to ensure your comfort with the use of a local anesthetic or dental sedation as needed.
Dr. Lotardo, Dr. Pop or Dr. Caesar will make a small hole in the back of your tooth to remove the infected pulp and clean out the interior chamber of the tooth. In many cases, you will feel immediate pain relief once this is complete and the infection is gone.
The final step is to place a biocompatible material in the tooth and seal it to prevent future decay. Dr. Lotardo often recommends that the tooth be strengthened with a dental crown or dental filling. This may be completed at a second visit.
Root Canal FAQs
Is it better to get a tooth pulled or have a root canal?
This is a case by case basis. For some circumstances it may be better to have a tooth pulled than to have a root canal, but in general a root canal has higher success rates. There are less ways that a root canal can become an issue after the procedure than when having a tooth pulled.
Is a root canal painful?
Root canals are commonly known to be a painful experience, however technology has made root canals much easier and much more comfortable. Dentists use anesthesia or something to numb your tooth and the surrounding area so that there is less pain during the procedure.
Why do some root canals take multiple visits?
Most of the time root canals take two visits. The first appointment is when the infection is removed. At the second appointment the tooth is cleaned and the root canal is filled with crown. This prevents complications after the operation.
What happens if you leave a tooth untreated that needs a root canal?
If a tooth needs a root canal and is left untreated for an extended time, infection may spread to other areas of the mouth and body. This can be serious. It can also lead to a dental abscess which requires immediate dental work.
Should Antibiotics be taken before root canal?
Many dentists will recommend that patients take an antibiotic prior to a root canal procedure. It should be taken 24 hours prior to your appointment.
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Don’t let your tooth pain go undiagnosed. Bella Smiles offers a variety of services to help relieve your tooth pain including a root canal in all of our Long Island dentist office locations. Call today or schedule an appointment online.