Root Canals Specialist

East Village Dental Center

Comprehensive, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry located in East Village, New York, NY

Having your dentist drill into your tooth and remove the inside soft tissue might sound intimidating or scary, but it’s simple and much more tolerable than living with an inflamed, infected, or dead tooth. At East Village Dental Center in East Village, New York City, the team of dental experts frequently performs root canals to save patients from lots of pain and eventual tooth loss. Book your appointment by phone or online today to find out if a root canal is necessary for your treatment.

Root Canals Q & A

What are root canals?

Root canals are common dental procedures notorious for their reputation of causing fear about going to the dentist. The truth is that this fear is unfounded: The root canals today, like those offered at East Village Dental Center, are as tolerable and comfortable as having a cavity filled. In fact, they do much more to prevent pain than cause it.

During a root canal, your dentist removes the soft inner tissue of your tooth, called the pulp, if it becomes inflamed, infected, or dead. Your dentist starts by taking an X-ray of the affected tooth to view the extent of the damage on the inside. Then, they numb the area around your tooth and drill a hole in its surface to access the pulp. 

Your dentist uses tiny specialized tools to remove the infected tissue via the hole and uses a microscope to make sure they don’t leave behind any infected tissue. They clean the inside before filling it with a rubbery material called gutta-percha to prevent new infections and other complications.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

When a root canal is necessary, it’s difficult or impossible to ignore the glaring signals that the infected tooth is sending you. Common signs and symptoms of an infected or inflamed pulp that needs a root canal are:

  • Pain while chewing
  • Hot and cold sensitivity
  • Red, inflamed gums
  • Bleeding around the gums
  • Pus seeping from the gums
  • Dark-colored gums
  • Pimples on the gums

Inflammation inside a tooth leading to the need for a root canal is often caused by an injury to the tooth. Significantly chipped teeth, cracked teeth, and teeth that were subjected to impact without any visible external damage are all at risk of needing a root canal because of damage to the pulp.

What is the recovery period like after a root canal?

Once all of the affected pulp is removed from your tooth, you won’t feel any more pain related to the infection or inflammation. You might feel a bit uncomfortable once the local anesthesia wears off, but you can take nonprescription pain relievers while your mouth heals. 

Your dentist also encourages you to avoid crunchy foods for several days after your root canal, but soon you can use your tooth as usual. The good news is that you’ll never need a root canal on that particular tooth ever again.

If you notice signs of an infected or dead tooth, don’t hesitate to phone East Village Dental Center or reserve an appointment online to see if you need a root canal today.