Root Canal Therapy Can Save a Damaged Tooth
Root canal therapy performed by Drs. Clifford Degel and Carmen Every-Degel is an effective way to preserve a damaged tooth. We use a combination of anesthesia, sedation, and precise techniques to ensure you are relaxed during treatment, and that the results provide excellent long-term benefits. By removing infected tissue from within your tooth and placing a custom dental crown, we can restore comfort, health, and aesthetics to your smile. To learn more about our advanced approach to root canal therapy, contact our Queens office online or call (718) 278-1123 today.
About Advanced Tooth Infection
Tooth infection occurs when decay advances beyond the outer structure of a tooth into its center, called pulp. Pulp consists of blood vessels and nerve endings. Left untreated, advanced decay can affect the health of the jaw, and can require extraction of the tooth.
Symptoms of advanced tooth decay include:
- General pain or soreness in a specific tooth
- Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- A visible sore above your gum line
- Sensitivity when pressure is exerted on your tooth
- Facial swelling
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment at Astoria Dental Group right away. We will make time to see you the same day or the following day to make a diagnosis and begin treatment.
If needed, we can provide you with oral conscious sedation, which involves taking oral medication to help you relax during treatment.
Understanding the Procedure
Improved Comfort with Sedation
Before your root canal treatment begins, we will numb the area with local anesthesia. If needed, we can also provide you with oral conscious sedation, which involves taking oral medication to help you relax during treatment. This method helps you reach a state of near-sleep during your procedure. Most patients who undergo oral conscious sedation have no memory of treatment.
After administering the local anesthetic and sedative, your dentist will use a rotary drill to create a small hole in your tooth near the gum line to gain access to its center. Next, Dr. Degel will carefully remove all tissue from within your tooth and its intricate root canals (the centers of the tooth roots) and sterilize the emptied space. Next, your dentist will fill the space with an inert material called gutta percha. The access point is sealed with a composite resin.
Preparing for a Dental Crown
Following a root canal, many patients will require a dental crown to support the remaining structure of the tooth. Dental crowns are custom tooth-shaped caps that fit over teeth to provide support, restore balance between the upper and lower jaws, and improve the aesthetics of your smile. Your dentist can take impressions of your tooth following treatment, and these will be sent to an offsite lab where skilled technicians will create your crown. This process usually takes about two weeks, and we can provide a temporary crown in the meantime.
Preserve the Health of Your Smile
Root canal therapy can provide relief from painful symptoms, prevent tooth loss and other complications, and eliminate the need for extraction. If you are experiencing symptoms of advanced tooth decay, contact Astoria Dental Group online or call (718) 278-1123 today to schedule a consultation.