Root Canal Therapy: What You Need to Know
For many patients, root canal therapy is synonymous with an incredibly painful experience. While this may have been the case in decades past, modern dental techniques have made root canal therapy no less comfortable than receiving a standard dental filling. Backed by over 30 years of experience in root canal therapy, Dr. Eric Fisher in Plainview, NY, is dedicated to delivering pain-free dental treatments. He is also available for emergency appointments to relieve your tooth pain as quickly as possible.
When is a Root Canal Necessary?
Sometimes a decaying tooth is not detected in time before the decay spreads from the outer enamel into the pulp chamber of the tooth. The pulp chamber is connected to the tooth roots and is the inner area where nerves, blood vessels, and other soft tissues supply the tooth with nutrients.When this area becomes infected, it can cause intense discomfort. The standard dental solution is root canal therapy. Signs that you may need this procedure include:
- Noticeable tooth pain while eating or when applying pressure on the area
- Tooth sensitivity to temperatures that continues after the hot or cold item has been removed
- Tooth enamel becoming darker in color and tone
- Small bumps on the gums
- Gum tenderness, pain, or swelling near the tooth
For decades, Dr. Fisher’s patients have trusted him to provide effective root canal therapy with a gentle touch. The process will begin with Dr. Fisher carefully numbing your tooth and the surrounding gum tissue. To access the pulp chamber, he will then drill a very small hole through the tooth enamel. The infected pulp will be removed through this hole, and the area will then be sterilized and filled with a rubber-like substance called gutta percha. The tooth will be sealed and the remaining tooth structure will be reshaped to accommodate a dental crown. Dr. Fisher is proud to offer restorations of outstanding craftsmanship that blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth. Customized to match the shade and shape of your natural enamel, your dental crown will be virtually undetectable to others.
Many patients do not realize that it is not root canal therapy itself that is painful, but rather the infected tooth that is the source of their pain.
After Your Root Canal
Following root canal therapy, it is normal to experience some tooth pain and sensitivity. This will gradually subside within a few days. Patients who experience increased tooth sensitivity following root canal therapy may want to use a soft-bristled toothbrush or oral care products designed specifically for sensitive teeth, such as specialized toothpastes and mouthwashes. To ensure sustained oral health, it is important to include good oral hygiene in your daily routine. This involves brushing your teeth at least twice daily, flossing between your teeth and gums once per day, and using an antibacterial mouthwash. Dr. Fisher is committed to patient comfort and safety and can instruct you on proper oral hygiene techniques as necessary.
Alleviate Pain with Root Canal Therapy
Many patients do not realize that it is not root canal therapy itself that is painful, but rather the infected tooth that is the source of their pain. Dr. Fisher can alleviate the discomfort associated with an infected tooth and help rejuvenate your smile. If you suspect you need root canal therapy, call our office immediately at (516) 942-4440 or contact us online today.