A root canal is a common general dentistry procedure. The purpose of a root canal is to prevent extraction of a tooth that has become severely decayed, damaged, or infected. In the center of you tooth there is soft material known as pulp. In the pulp chamber are the blood vessels and connective tissue that nourish your tooth. The nerve of your tooth lies in the root canal, a canal that runs from your tooth root into your pulp chamber.

When the nerve tissue or pulp in your pulp chamber becomes damaged by decay or infection, bacteria quickly begin to multiply. This can lead to infection or a pus-filled pocket that forms at the end of the tooth root called an abscessed tooth. In either case, when this occurs, a root canal becomes essential for alleviating discomfort, and preventing an unnecessary tooth extraction.

If you know you need or suspect you need a root canal treatment in Westchester County, please call (914) 526-2144 today for an appointment at Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake.

Diagram of a root canal procedure

Illustration of a root canal procedure

Symptoms of an Infected Tooth

Root canal therapy is used to treat an infected tooth. How do you know when your tooth is infected? Here are some symptoms to look for:

  • Spontaneous, lasting pain
  • High sensitivity to temperature and pressure
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Foul taste in the mouth
  • Tooth that becomes discolored
  • Pimple-like sore on the gums
  • Oozing sore on the gums

Most people think that an infected tooth has to hurt. Usually it does hurt, but not always. You can have an infected tooth that doesn’t hurt. So it’s important to be aware of the other symptoms, because an infected tooth can still cause serious complications if left untreated, even if it doesn’t hurt.

If you experience any of the above symptoms, it’s important to schedule a consultation with a dentist as soon as possible.

Root Canals at Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake

Root canals have a reputation for being painful. With advancements in dental technology however, Westchester County root canal dentists at Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake are able to perform this procedure with minimal to no discomfort.

After taking an x-ray to determine the shape of your root canal, one of our experienced dentists will apply a local anesthetic to ensure maximum comfort around the area requiring treatment. Once you are comfortable, a small access hole is placed in your tooth to allow one of our dentists to gently file debris and infection out of your pulp chamber. Periodically throughout this process, we will flush debris away with water or sodium hydrochloride.

If infection is present in the root canal, our dentist may place medication in the hole and seal it with a temporary filling. This filling will be removed and the root canal will be filled and sealed after one week. If no infection is present, we will fill and seal your root canal on the same day as your procedure.

Our New York dentists perform endodontic procedures on all teeth, including molars. If your root canal is a repeat procedure, we may refer you to an endodontic specialist in our area to help ensure your infection does not reoccur.

An Undeserved Reputation

Root canals have a special place in our culture: they’re probably the most feared dental procedure. This reputation comes from the days before dental anesthesia was commonly available and used reliably. These days, you will likely experience no discomfort during a root canal, and after your root canal your discomfort will likely be less than it was before the procedure when your tooth was infected.

But if the reputation of a root canal is causing you some anxiety, or if you’re generally anxious about dental procedures, we offer sedation dentistry to help you feel relaxed during your procedure.

If you are suffering from the discomfort of an abscessed or infected tooth in Westchester County, please call (914) 526-2144 or email Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake to schedule a root canal consultation today.