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A root canal is a type of dental surgery that can repair and preserve a tooth when there’s significant decay present. In many cases, a root canal can save a tooth that would have otherwise been extracted due to decay. Yohan Kim, DMD, FICOI, and the team at Madison Dental Loft in the Bryant Park area of Manhattan in New York City, offer their patients root canals that are both gentle and efficient. To learn more, call or go online today to schedule your first appointment.
A root canal is a procedure that removes damaged tissue in the tooth. The middle of the tooth is made up of a bundle of nerves and other soft tissues. When the inner soft tissue of the tooth gets infected, a root canal can take the infected tissue out of the tooth without damaging the still-healthy outer part of the tooth. Infection of this inner portion of the tooth can occur for several reasons, including faulty crowns, a chip in the tooth, multiple dental procedures, or deep decay.
There are several indicators that a root canal may be needed. A throbbing sensation in a specific tooth, pain when biting down, and pain when eating or drinking anything hot or cold are all potential signs that there's an infection in the tooth pulp.
As soon as patients observe any of these signs, they need to contact the team at Madison Dental Loft to arrange an appointment with Dr. Kim. The sooner that these types of problems are addressed, the better the chances of saving the tooth through a root canal procedure.
Root canal treatment is generally done in one visit, or over a period of one to two visits. During the first visit, the damaged pulp is removed. The patient will be comfortable during this procedure because the tooth and surrounding area are fully anesthetized.
Once the damaged pulp is removed, the interior chamber of the tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and to ensure that all infection is gone. The newly empty pulp chamber will be packed with an inert material that's designed to repel further infection.
Once the root canal is completed, the tooth will need to be covered with a permanent restoration of a filling or a crown. The permanent restoration or crown is bonded into place. Like any other dental crowns, the crowns used in a root canal procedure are a permanent prosthetic.
After a root canal, there may be some sensitivity in the tooth for a few days and are usually instructed to avoid biting force or pressure on the area to avoid fracturing the tooth. Pain can generally be managed with either over the counter anti-inflammatory drugs or prescription medications. Some patients may need antibiotics to make sure that the infection is fully eliminated.
To learn more, call or go online today to schedule your first appointment.