Root Canal

Root Canal

What is a Root Canal?

a young man with a toothache on white backgroundPatients with tooth decay and infection of the tooth’s pulp will need a root canal to save the tooth. Purchase Street Family Dental of Rye, New York will perform a root canal if it means saving your tooth. A root canal is a dental procedure that requires the removal of the pulp and the drainage of the infection. The pulp is the soft inside of the tooth that can cause swelling, bone loss around the tip of the root if not treated. If it causes an infection it can drain into the gums, face, and skin causing severe illness. Once the tooth is clear of infection it will be permanently sealed. A rotting or decaying tooth begins to blacken over time and will need to be removed if not treated in its early decaying stages.

What causes tooth decay?

Decay and infections are caused by cracked teeth, broken teeth, untreated cavities, repeated procedures on the same tooth, poor dental hygiene and by eating foods that are unhealthy for your teeth and gums. Our specialists will assure you the procedure will be no more painful than a simple filling. With Purchase Street Family Dental you are in good care, call us today to set up an appointment for a full oral assessment.

Why is a root canal performed?

Root canal procedures are performed when the interior part of your tooth – the pulp – becomes decayed or damaged by trauma. The pulp of your tooth contains the nerves and blood vessels that supply your tooth with sensations and nutrients. This pulp extends via channels, or canals, to the root and socket of your tooth. When the pulp becomes infected, the infection can eventually spread to the neighboring teeth, the gums and even your face. Having a root canal prevents these issues while also avoiding an extraction.

What happens during a root canal?

Although they address deeper regions of the tooth, root canals are performed in much the same way as “regular” cavity fillings: First, the damaged area is removed and the cavity cleaned of any debris. Then the canal is sealed with a special material to prevent the filling or any future decay from reaching the root. The cavity is filled with a very strong filling material, and usually, the tooth is also covered with a protective crown to add strength and to hide the discoloration that typically occurs once the pulp is removed.rct

Are root canals painful?

Today’s root canal and pain management techniques are far more advanced than those used even a few years ago. During your procedure and afterward, the most effective pain management solutions will be applied so your discomfort will be minimized at every stage. Many people think root canals are painful because they are in so much pain before they get the procedure done. But in fact, most people actually experience relief during the root canal procedure, because the dentist is removing the infection and numbing the area. If you are still nervous about this procedure, however, we do offer sedation dentistry so you can be completely relaxed during the procedure.

Can’t I just have the tooth pulled?

You could, but saving a natural tooth is almost always the preferred approach. By preserving the tooth, your bite balance is also preserved so you can avoid additional decay and tooth loss that can occur once a tooth is removed. What’s more, replacing a missing tooth with a denture or implant can be more costly than a root canal.

Our emergency services include assistance in:

In the case of an emergency we can also assist you with:

  • Swollen mouth or gums
  • Infected gums
  • Chipped tooth or chipped teeth
  • Repairing broken dentures
  • Missing tooth or teeth
  • A lost or loose filling
  • Oral injections or infections

Call us at (914)921-5437 to have all of your questions answered by one of our professional team members, schedule an appointment with us today!