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Root Canal Dentist in Midtown & the Upper East Side, NYC
Root canal is a procedure in which the underlying infection from the roots of the decayed tooth is removed and the tooth is protected from reinfection. The treated area is filled and a dental crown is placed to cap the tooth to seal it against future infections. Root canals are required when the tooth is severely decayed or the past fillings were not properly placed at which point they leak leading to more infection of the roots. In order to avoid this leading to surgery, a root canal is the best therapy. Root canals prevent cracking and leaking of the fillings, and provide a permanent solution to the infected tooth and its root systems.
A pulp chamber is present inside each of your teeth, comprising of connective tissue, nerves and blood vessels. These components help in the development of the root systems of your teeth. Abscess tooth is the infection of the pulp in this chamber making it a compulsion to avoid tooth loss and other potentially serious consequences by eradicating the infection. Thus, root canal therapy is given by the dentists to eliminate infection of the roots, as it is an effective, safe and a rapid way to preserve your smile.
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Symptoms of Tooth Infection
There are a few common signs and symptoms indicating towards the need for a root canal:
- Pain when chewing or biting
- A throbbing toothache
- Heightened sensitivity to heat and cold
- Swelling of lymph nodes in the neck
- Persistent bad breath
- Facial swelling
Any of the above-mentioned symptoms indicate an abscessed tooth. If the infection remains untreated, it can result in a systemic infection that would gradually spread to the jaw and throughout the face. Advanced restorative services are required to preserve your smile in case of a tooth loss due to an untreated tooth abscess.
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At first, a small access hole is created in order to perform a root canal. Infection and debris are conveniently removed through this hole and the pulp chamber is filled with gutta-percha, a rubber-like material. Gutta-percha is also used to seal the small access hole. In some cases of root canal procedures, antibiotics may be injected into the tooth. A dental crown is then placed to cap the cleaned and sealed tooth, protecting it from additional damage. The dental crowns can be customized for shape, color and size as per the patient’s desire to perfectly fit into the mouth and additionally protect the weakened tooth.
Most of the people think that a root canal is a very painful and unpleasant procedure, however, it is no more uncomfortable than a normal filling. Instead of causing pain, root canal procedures relieve pain in addition to avoiding future discomforts. Our dentists will be more than happy to discuss the procedure with you if you are nervous about having a root canal. Schedule a consultation today at Thyme Dental Care located in Midtown and the Upper East Side of NYC with our experienced dentists, Dr. Lee and Dr. Flores if you suspect having an abscessed tooth!