Root canals have a bad reputation, but professionals perform over 15 million of these essential procedures each year. Without root canals, damage or decay in teeth can lead to infections, abscesses, and other severe conditions. The seasoned team at Hertel Family Dentistry in Buffalo, New York, provides root canal procedures with a focus on saving your teeth while providing you as much comfort as possible. Call the Hertel Family Dentistry office to schedule your consultation or book one online.
A root canal is a procedure Dr. Samad performs to removes the nerve and pulp in your tooth, allowing her to clean the inside of your tooth thoroughly.
The term “root canal” actually refers to the cavity in your tooth that houses the pulp and nerve.
When the nerve or pulp in your tooth gets damaged, bacteria can gather and start breaking down the damaged material. This bacterial activity can lead to dangerous infections or abscesses at the root of the tooth. When left untreated, infections can lead to swelling, bone loss, and drainage problems near the tooth and gums.
Signs that you might need a root canal include severe pain in the area while eating, increased sensitivity to heat and cold, pain when applying pressure to the surrounding area, and a small bump near the affected area. Of course, you should visit the expert Hertel care team for any tooth or gum pain.
Before performing any work, the Hertel team takes an X-ray of the area to identify the shape of your root canals and make sure there’s no further infection beyond the affected tooth.
Once your tooth is mapped, you’ll sit down in the office and receive anesthesia to help you stay comfortable and pain-free, putting aside the procedure’s reputation for being painful. Dr. Samad drills a small hole in your tooth and uses a series of small root canal files to remove the pulp and nerve. Water occasionally is used to wash away debris.
Once your tooth becomes truly clean, she fills it with a rubber compound and seals it shut, finishing with a filling. Depending on the extent of the damage, you might also need a crown or other restoration to get the tooth back in working order.
Depending on the extent of your root canal, you might feel some sensitivity in the area from the natural inflammation. Otherwise, you typically don’t have to restrict your diet following a root canal, and you should continue brushing, flossing, and rinsing as usual.
If you’re suffering from tooth pain and want to receive quality care with a focus on your comfort, call Hertel Family Dentistry in Buffalo, New York, or book your consultation online.