Root canal is a commonly misunderstood procedure, and one that gets an undeserved bad reputation. Here at East Coast Endodontics, it’s a specialty of ours. You can depend on it being done expertly and with gentle care. The reality is that most patients of our Merrick endodontist report very little or even no pain at all. We want you to understand the causes, symptoms, and treatment options associated with root canal so that you can avoid it whenever possible, and will not unnecessarily fear it should you need one.
The causes of root canals can generally be traced back to the breach of your tooth’s natural protective barriers. This can be due to a particularly large cavity (or even a deep filling), or a chip or cracked tooth. You may also need one if a tooth is dislodged from its socket or comes completely loose. When the pulp inside your tooth is infected or otherwise damaged, root canal from our Merrick endodontist is required. As for symptoms, at the top of the list is pain, especially when you apply pressure to the tooth or chew with it. That pain can range from mild to excruciating. It is also typical to have sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks. Additional symptoms may include tooth discoloration or gum tenderness. There are only two treatment options. One is to extract the tooth, but this is reserved for a last resort, only if it is not possible to perform a root canal because the tooth cannot be rescued. The other is the procedure itself, for which the outcome is the removal of the pulp and nerve and the cleaning and sealing of the canals, all under local anesthesia for maximum comfort, of course. After healing the tooth is restored with a crown.
At the first sign of pain, you should contact our office. We will arrange a prompt appointment for you with our Merrick endodontist.