Yonkers Dental Arts
General & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Westchester, Yonkers, NY
A root canal is one of the dental procedures that causes many patients to run for the hills at its mere mention. At Yonkers Dental Arts, however, Alicia Schraner, DDS, aims to make root canals a comfortable and satisfactory procedure for her patients in Yonkers, New York, and the neighboring communities of Westchester County. If you want to say goodbye to the tooth decay that’s causing your pain, call Yonkers Dental Arts or book your appointment online today for a safe root canal to preserve your tooth.
Root Canals Q & A
What are root canals?
A root canal is a dental procedure to save a tooth that’s doomed by dead tissue or decay. After determining that your tooth is diseased or decayed, Dr. Schraner takes a digital X-ray to view the inside of the tooth. Then, she uses a local anesthetic to numb the area around the affected tooth.
Dr. Schraner drills a hole into your tooth to access the inside material, called the pulp, and the nerve. Through this hole, she thoroughly removes the pulp, bacteria, nerve, and other debris from the tooth. If there’s an infection, she puts medication to alleviate it inside the tooth.
At a second appointment or later the same day, she fills and seals your newly hollow tooth to keep out bacteria and preserve the tooth.
What are the benefits of getting a root canal?
A root canal preserves your decayed or damaged tooth so you won’t need to have it extracted. It also prevents any infection in your tooth from spreading and affecting your jaw and other parts of your mouth.
The procedure alleviates the pain you’re experiencing from your damaged tooth. While root canals have a reputation for being painful, the procedure leaves you with much less pain and discomfort than you started with.
In fact, with the use of anesthesia, you shouldn’t feel anything at all during the procedure itself. In the end, a root canal saves you a great deal of time and money by preserving your overall oral health.
How can I tell if I need a root canal?
There are a few signs and symptoms to look out for that can indicate you need a root canal. If your tooth is infected or dead, you might experience:
- Mild or severe pain
- Swelling or tenderness in your gums
- Heat or cold sensitivity
- Tooth discoloration
- Swollen lymph nodes in other parts of your body
A dead or decayed tooth can also come without any symptoms at all. Because of this, it’s important for you to visit Yonkers Dental Arts regularly for routine dental cleanings.
If a dead, diseased, or decayed tooth is causing you pain, call Yonkers Dental Arts or book an appointment online today for relief with a root canal.
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