What is Root Canal Therapy?
If detected early, tooth decay can be addressed with a standard dental filling procedure. However, if the decay moves past your enamel and infects the inner pulp of your tooth, you will need a root canal. Often called an endodontic treatment, root canal therapy at KFA Dental Excellence removes the decayed pulp from your tooth, sanitizes the cavity, and then fills and seals your tooth. While the idea of a root canal may seem scary, our friendly team at KFA Dental Excellence will do our best to make you feel at home and can offer different sedation options if necessary. Call our Farmingdale, NY office to arrange a consult for more information on root canals.
Root Canal Therapy Reviews
"I was so nervous about having a root canal done and DR. Lewis eased my fears. I felt nothing her hands are really gentle. I would recommend her to anyone. I did not feel a thing and she is also really good with kids."- C.V. / Google / Jan 08, 2018
"Dr. Lewis and her staff are terrific. Dr. Lewis completely and professionally took care of a problem tooth. I honestly never thought a root canal could be easy and painless before! Her office staff are kind and professional. I would highly recommend this office."- M.A. / Google / Jan 08, 2019
"Dr. Lewis and her entire staff are so kind, caring and amazing! From my initial consultation my worries of a root canal were eased. Between the consultation and actual appointment I had a dental emergency which they let me rush in within a 20 minute notice. During that procedure and my root canal I had absolutely no pain while the work was being done. Dr. Lewis was so soothing and made sure I was comfortable along the way. I even had no pain after both oreocusres and needed no meds. Highly recommended."- K.F. / Google / Mar 08, 2019
"Professional,Caring,Wonderful are just a few words to describe this dental practice. The office is immaculate and everyone is always so friendly and helpful. I am a patient who has a very challenging mouth...from having to have root canals to having teeth lost due to gingivitis because I was to afraid to go to a dentist for many years. Over time the problems have amounted and Dr. Aldieri along with my hygenist Debra, took this challenge head on and with full conviction. They made me feel confident that I could save all my remaining teeth, which is what I had only hoped for. Dr. Aldieri who worked many hours on me always made sure I was comfortable and in good professional hands. After any procedure is done I always get a phone call to make sure that I am alright. They are always available and are there for me whenever a problem should occur. Dr. Aldieri and his staff always make me feel that I matter!!! I would recommend this office highly."- L.C. / Google / Jan 08, 2014
"It's been about 8 years now that I have officially been completely OVER my fear of going to the dentist thanks to Dr.(s) Kahn, Ferrrari, and Aldieri. From the time I was a child, like SO many people, I was SO scared of going to the dentist and would literally get anxiety every time I would be on my way in for a cleaning. That changed when I found KFA's practice in Farmingdale. Their office is different in every way from my past negative dental experiences. At KFA Dental you don't sit there waiting 30 minutes to an hour to get in for your appointment. They don't double book; the time you book for an appointment is specifically reserved for you. Not only that but their staff is warm, kind, and truly professional. Their office is relaxing in so many ways- how weird is it to say that about a dentist office?! They have massage chairs, personal TVs in each room, good music, and if you're chilly they even have warm blankets! They also pay attention to little details such as offering chapstick if you're going to be opening your mouth for a long time. I appreciate little things like that. They go above and beyond to make your experience a comfortable and pleasant one. Another thing that the dentists at KFA do that is different, is design individual treatment plans for each patient according to their dental goals and needs. Dr. Ferrari also does something no other dentist has done for me in the past- she EXPLAINS what she's doing as she treats you. You're not sitting there clueless about what's happening. In addition she has NEVER hurt me in 8 years. I feel confident in the abilities of all 3 dentists in the practice and have personally seen all 3 of them at different times. From cleanings with their outgoing, friendly hygienists, to fillings, root canals, crowns, to cosmetic needs, my experiences have all been positive. I have referred many friends and my entire family (including my kids) to Dr.(s) Kahn, Ferrari, and Aldieri because of the unique way they practice dentistry."- D.D. / Google / Jan 08, 2015
Do I Need a Root Canal?
An infection that reaches the pulp of your tooth could be because of a deep crack or cavity in your tooth or a physical trauma to your tooth. The most obvious signs of an infection are pain in your tooth or jaw, swollen and discolored gums, and changes in the color of the tooth itself. If the infected pulp is not removed, your pain and swelling will increase and the infection will spread to the rest of the mouth. If you notice an abnormality in your mouth, contact KFA Dental Excellence as soon as possible. If you have fears or anxieties about going to the dentist, let us know, as we do have some sedation options if you need help relaxing while at the dentist.
How Does Root Canal Therapy Work?
During your consultation, we will discuss your sedation and/or anesthetic options. We don't want you to feel anxious, nervous, or fearful during your appointment. During your root canal therapy procedure, one of our dentists will examine your tooth and then will remove the infected pulp. After that, we will clean the empty chamber of your tooth to eliminate any lingering debris. Once it is cleaned, the tooth will be filled with a special material to seal and protect it. You can expect this process to take about an hour, and while you will be numb for a few hours following your procedure, you should be able to return to your daily routine.
How Quick Is Root Canal Recovery?
You should be ready to go back to your daily routine after your procedure. However, depending on what sedation method is chosen, you may need someone to drive you home. This will be discussed before your appointment so you can be prepared. You should expect your mouth to feel sensitive or swollen, but this should not last more than a few days and can be reduced with anti-inflammatory medications if necessary. A six-month checkup is important so we can examine your root canal to determine if the infection is gone and that your mouth has healed properly. Your annual dental exams and biannual cleanings will remain vital to keep your oral health in great shape.
Root Canal Therapy
With technological advancements in the dental field, a root canal can be a quick, easy procedure to treat an infected tooth. With the use of different sedation options, your root canal at KFA Dental Excellence can be relatively free from discomfort; this will help to avoid further tooth pain and more serious complications. Call our office in Farmingdale, NY to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled dentists to learn more about root canal therapy.