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Root Canals

Rifkin Dental

Dentists located in Carmel, NY & Yorktown Heights, NY

Men and women who learn they need a root canal often become anxious over the procedure in anticipation. Rifkin Dental wants you to know a root canal doesn’t have to be an unpleasant, anxiety-inducing experience. You'll be hard-pressed to find a more experienced dental team than Rifkin Dental in Yorktown Heights and Carmel, New York. The team performs root canal procedures all the time. If you're nervous about having a root canal, book an appointment over the phone or online. Rifkin Dental's professional team is ready to soothe your worries.

Root Canals Q & A

Do I Need a Root Canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure intended to remove oral discomfort and restore your tooth. If your tooth becomes severely infected from inside, one of the experienced dentists at Rifkin Dental removes the bacteria and any dying or dead tissue. Doing so lets them get rid of your pain and preserve your tooth.

What Can Cause a Tooth Infection?

Tissue and roots inside of your teeth can get infected with bacteria due to injury to the tooth or from a cavity that remains untreated for too long. The infected tissue may enter the root or pulp of the tooth if you put off going to the dentist. This can cause a host of other problems if the infection spreads any further, so be sure to seek treatment.

How Do I Know if I Have an Infected Tooth?

If you don't deal with an infected tooth right away, you'll be welcoming a great deal of pain in the future. The usual symptoms of an infected tooth are:

  • Inflamed gums
  • Tooth soreness when eating and drinking
  • Acute tooth sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures
  • Smelly, bad breath
  • Pus coming from around the tooth
  • Painful throbbing in your mouth or jaw
  • Tooth darkening in color
  • A small pimple-like bump on your gum

What is the Procedure for a Root Canal?

Most often, one of the extremely able dentists at Rifkin Dental completes the treatment in one or two appointments. You may first require an X-ray to determine the extent of damage to the tooth needing the root canal.

At your appointment, one of the dentists at Rifkin Dental uses a needle to numb the area with a local anesthetic. Occasionally, they stick a small layer of rubber, or dental dam, around the tooth to safeguard it and keep it sanitary throughout the process. After your tooth gets numbed, the dentist makes a small incision in your tooth to reach the diseased area within the root.

After this, your dentist takes away the damaged and unhealthy pulp using small files, and sprays the area with water to remove debris. Until you return for a permanent crown, your dentist either seals the tooth or applies a temporary filling.

Book a consultation online or call Rifkin Dental if you show even a minor symptom or sign of tooth infection. It could be more serious than you think.