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Endodontics Specialist

Comprehensive Dental Group

General Dentistry located in Larchmont, NY

If you have severe tooth pain due to infection, you can rely on the experienced dental specialists at Comprehensive Dental Group in Larchmont, New York. They offer comprehensive endodontic treatment (root canals) to save an infected tooth from falling out or requiring extraction. Call the office to learn more or schedule an appointment online today.

Endodontics Q & A

What is endodontics?

Endodontics includes the treatment of a tooth infection, which affects the inside of your tooth (its pulp). Endodontic specialists at Comprehensive Dental Group use highly advanced, cutting-edge technology and procedures to restore your tooth and reduce the risk of tooth loss. 

The earlier you seek endodontic treatment for a toothache, the better chance your dentist has of saving the tooth. 

What are the signs I may need a root canal?

Common signs that you may need a root canal include:

  • Pus near your gumline
  • Toothache
  • Hot or cold sensitivity
  • Tooth and gum swelling
  • Large crack in your tooth
  • Visible pit in your tooth
  • Other types of tooth damage
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Facial swelling

Any time you notice new or unusual symptoms, see the Comprehensive Dental Group experts for an evaluation. 

Is a root canal right for me?

The Comprehensive Dental Group team lets you know if you need a root canal after discussing your symptoms and oral health history with you. They examine your gums and teeth and take dental X-rays to determine how severe tooth decay or damage is. Your dentist personalizes each tooth restoration treatment to match your needs.

If you have minor tooth decay on the outside of your tooth, they could recommend a filling, inlay, onlay, or possibly a crown instead of a root canal. If you have severe tooth damage or decay and your dentist isn’t able to save the tooth, you might need extraction. 

What should I expect during endodontic treatment?

Prior to undergoing a root canal, your Comprehensive Dental Group provider numbs the treatment area and offers a sedative to relax you if needed. They make an opening in the top of the affected tooth, clean its inside, fill the tooth’s interior with special dental materials, and seal the tooth shut.

Comprehensive Dental Group specialists usually place a crown over the top of a newly restored tooth to protect it. They offer same-day crowns, so you don’t have to schedule two separate visits.

What happens after I get a root canal?

After your root canal treatment, the tooth could be a little bit sensitive for a day or two. You can take over-the-counter pain relievers or ice the treatment area if needed. Teeth restored by root canals can last a lifetime, though it’s important to take good care of your teeth and gums at home.

Brush your teeth after meals, use mouthwash if your dentist recommends it, floss daily, eat nutritious foods, and avoid chewing on hard objects. See Comprehensive Dental Group providers every six months for routine exams and cleanings, and call the office at the first sign of tooth damage, decay, or gum disease.

Call the Comprehensive Dental Group office or schedule an appointment online today to find out if you need a root canal.