The Best Root Canal Treatment in Your Area
If you’re suffering from severe tooth pain, you may be a candidate for a root canal. Root canal treatments are a quick, simple, and effective way to remove decay from the pulp of your tooth. When this tissue gets infected, your tooth begins to die and you start to experience pain. A root canal is an endodontics treatment option for addressing tooth damage, infection, or severe trauma.
You may be feeling anxious about the procedure, but there’s no need to worry! Root canals are fairly common and routine procedures that we perform at our dental practice all the time. With a little preparation, you can ensure that your root canal goes smoothly and that you’re as comfortable as possible during the procedure.
Dr. Fedida will recommend a root canal to save natural tooth structure and avoid extraction whenever possible. This is a last resort treatment for the tooth. A root canal can support your long-term oral health and the structure of your natural bite, allowing you to keep your tooth in place. Dr. Fedida is an experienced dentist and has helped many patients restore their dental health with a root canal in East Elmhurst.
Signs you may need a root canal include:
- Sudden or intense pain, either in one post or radiating into the jaw or sinuses.
- Change in the coloration of a tooth, often a grayish color.
- Increasing sensitivity to hot or cold food and temperatures.
- Pain in the tooth, which might be sharp or throbbing.
- Pain when chewing on that tooth.
What Is A Root Canal Procedure?
A root canal is a surgical procedure that removes infected tissue from the inside of the tooth. A root canal treats the part of the tooth that is not visible, providing the ability to restore the enamel and tooth root to prevent tooth loss. Our dentist provides root canal therapy to treat a damaged tooth due to decay, fracture, or other dental disease. He can also treat gum disease and an abscessed tooth using endodontic therapy.
The procedure begins with Dr. Fedida numbing the area around the tooth’s nerve with a local anesthetic. Once numb, Dr. Fedida will drill a small hole in the back of the tooth where he can access the interior pulp chamber and remove the infected dental pulp. Then, he will use special instruments to remove all diseased or damaged tissue and clean and shape the inside of the tooth. He will make sure that the tooth is healthy again before filling it with a sealant material.
Next, Dr. Fedida will fill the empty tooth with a biocompatible material that will support the overall tooth structure. He may place a dental crown if the damage is significant, but it is not always necessary. Our team can complete this common general dentistry procedure in a single visit.
Today’s dental patients enjoy a root canal procedure that is less invasive and less painful, much like a tooth filling.
What to do After the Procedure
After a root canal procedure, it is important to follow the instructions that our dentist provides you. This includes taking prescribed medications if necessary, avoiding certain foods, and keeping the area clean. It is also important to take extra care of your teeth in order to prevent further damage or infection.
If Dr. Fedida places a dental crown on top of the restored tooth, you will need to take special precautions. First, avoid chewing on hard or very sticky foods for a couple of days while the crown settles on your tooth. The dental cement can still be settling, so there is a possibility that the dental crown can fall out. Second, give the crown special attention when brushing your teeth. Be sure to floss around it to prevent infections from forming under it.
Root Canal FAQs
Root canal treatment is a common dental procedure that can help save a tooth from extraction. Dr. Haim fedida belies that an informed patient makes the best decisions. The following are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about root canal treatment, including why it’s painless, how long the results will last, and who qualifies for this endodontics treatment.
Is a root canal painful?
We use a local anesthetic to fully numb the area so you are comfortable and also offer the option of dental sedation. Dr. Fedida will discuss your needs and concerns with the goal of ensuring your comfort and safety during the procedure. Once the root canal procedure is complete, you will not have any pain that you have been experiencing due to the infection.
How long does a root canal last in a tooth?
A tooth that has had a root canal can last for many years, even a lifetime with good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist. However, Root canal aftercare is necessary to ensure that the infection does not return. The American Dental Association recommends that patients visit their dentist for a follow up visit within one month of their root canal procedure. Dr. Fedida will thoroughly review the root canal site with you to make sure it has healed properly and there are no signs of infection.
Do I need a root canal procedure?
When there are symptoms of an infection, such as pain, swelling, pus, or fever, then a dentist will recommend root canal treatment. However, the dentist will need to perform an x-ray and exam before they can determine whether the infection has spread into the root canal system of your teeth. If it has not yet reached this point then they may just prescribe antibiotics instead of performing a root canal procedure on you at this time.
Will dental insurance cover root canal therapy?
Dental insurance may cover root canal therapy, however it’s not always the case. Our front desk staff will work with you to determine if your dental insurance benefits will cover any portion of a root canal procedure cost. We offer convenient payment options and financing to meet your needs.