Root Canal Treatment
Dynamic Dental, P.L.L.C. provides root canal services in Staten Island, NY. Call 718-984-7162 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Root canals are needed whenever an infection or damage reaches the pulp of a tooth. Because the pulp is rich with nerve endings and blood vessels, it is particularly sensitive. When root canals are necessary, patients often experience intense toothaches and pain prior to coming to our office. Thankfully, root canal therapy if a trusted method of saving teeth and alleviating symptoms.
Although the circumstances leading up to a root canal are painful, you’ll be relieved to know that the root canal itself is not. Modern techniques and local anesthesia make getting a root canal no more uncomfortable than getting a dental filling. With a root canal, we can save your natural tooth and prevent the need for extraction and the complications that arise from that.
What Happens During a Root Canal Procedure?
First, we open up the infected tooth and remove the pulp. The chamber of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected to make sure reinfection doesn’t occur. We use a rubber-like material to fill the chamber where the pulp once was, then the tooth is sealed with a dental filling, inlay, onlay, or crown.
The root canal itself is typically painless, but you will likely have soreness and tooth sensitivity after the treatment. Cold compresses and over-the-counter pain medications can be used to alleviate any discomfort. You are free to eat after your procedure, but while you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity, it’s a good idea to stick with soft foods.
Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canals
Is a root canal painful?
No, root canal procedures are not painful. Local anesthetic injections are used to ensure that you feel no pain while we work. After your root canal, you may experience some discomfort. This is usually minor and does not last long.
How long does a root canal take?
Every patient is different, but you should expect your root canal to take approximately 90 minutes.
How do you know you need a root canal?
Most patients don’t come to our office knowing they need a root canal. Instead, they just know something is wrong with their tooth because they’re experiencing extreme pain. This can either be a constant toothache or sharp pains when eating, touching the tooth, or with exposure to hot or cold. There may be a small pimple or bump on the gums near the painful tooth and it may also appear darkened.
Can I eat after a root canal?
As long as your mouth isn’t numb anymore, you can eat again. Soft foods like yogurt, soup, and applesauce are more comfortable than hard, crunchy foods in the hours after the root canal procedure. After about a day, you should be able to eat a wider variety of foods, but use common sense; if your tooth still hurts, don’t put pressure on it or chew anything too hard or sticky.
Is a tooth dead after a root canal?
Yes, after a root canal, the nerves are gone and the tooth no longer experiences any feeling or sensation. Root canals are still preferable to extraction and replacement with a bridge or dental implant. Many times, after a root canal, the tooth needs to be stabilized with an internal filling and dental crown. The specifics of your treatment will be discussed at the time of treatment and post-op instructions will be provided.
Call 718-984-7162 to schedule your appointment.