Do you subscribe to the popular belief that root canal therapy is the scariest and most painful dental procedure you could ever encounter? Our Bardonia endodontist and the rest of the staff here at Rockland Endodontics are here to debunk that myth. The truth is that if root canal therapy is performed by a capable and experienced professional like our Bardonia endodontist, there is no excessive pain or discomfort for you to be fearful of. We would like to walk you through the entire process so you have a better idea of what root canal therapy is really all about.
First, it is important to know why root canal therapy is necessary. Root canal treatments are called for when a tooth’s pulp has been infected. This usually occurs if there has been severe dental decay in one particular tooth, exposing the pulp to bacteria. An infected tooth presents symptoms including: moderate to severe pain, especially when biting down, increased tooth sensitivity to especially hot and cold foods or beverages, and a discoloration or a darkening of the tooth in question. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with our Bardonia endodontist as soon as possible. We will then perform an extensive examination including x-rays, and have a consultation with you to discuss your diagnosis and give you a prognosis for treatment. You will then need to return again for the actual root canal therapy procedure.
The main goals of the procedure are to gain access to the tooth’s root, carefully clean out the canals so that they are devoid of bacteria, remove the infected pulp, and seal the tooth back up using special sealant materials. After the procedure, you may be in slight pain or experience soreness, but basic pain relievers or prescription pain relievers from our Bardonia endodontist should be enough to keep you feeling comfortable during the healing process. We will also request that you return for a follow up visit so that we can ensure that there has not been a re-infection and that you are healing properly.
If you would like additional information about the services provided by our Bardonia endodontist, we encourage you to visit the main Rockland Endodontics website. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.