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.
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.