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Root Canals Specialist

Comprehensive Dental Group

General Dentistry located in Larchmont, NY

If you ignore tooth pain, the underlying problem can worsen until the tooth dies and must be removed. At Comprehensive Dental Group in Larchmont, New York, you can avoid losing a tooth despite infection or inflammation on the inside by getting a root canal. The team extracts the soft tissue from inside the tooth, fills and seals it, and places a crown over it. To schedule an appointment, call Comprehensive Dental Group or book online today.

Root Canals Q & A

What are root canals? 

Root canals are treatments for teeth that have tissue infections within them. A root canal can also treat inflammation inside a tooth. 

The small pocket of soft tissue inside each of your teeth is called the pulp, and its purpose is helping your adult teeth erupt after you lose your baby teeth. Once this process is complete, a tooth can survive without its pulp. 

During root canal therapy at Comprehensive Dental Group, the team removes the nerve and other soft tissue from within the tooth through a small opening in the crown. The team also cleans out any bacteria or decay. 

Without a root canal, the tooth in question would eventually die and need to be removed. Root canal therapy allows you to keep your natural tooth so you don’t have to replace it with a dental implant, bridge, or denture. 

How can I tell if I need a root canal?

Several symptoms can signal that it’s time to get a root canal. While not all teeth in need of a root canal cause severe symptoms, you should book an appointment at Comprehensive Dental Group right away if you experience:

  • Tooth pain
  • Gum swelling or tenderness
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold
  • A pimple or abscess on the gums

If you experience symptoms, they may develop shortly after an injury. Even if the tooth itself doesn’t break, impact can injure the pulp on the inside and lead to inflammation. 

What happens after a root canal?

After your dentist at Comprehensive Dental Group removes the pulp, fills the tooth, and seals it, you come back later for an additional appointment. This is because teeth treated with root canal therapy often need crowns to protect and reinforce them. With a crown, you can use your tooth at its full function.

You might experience a little soreness after your root canal treatment. This is normal, and any discomfort is far less than any pain you felt before the procedure. Any sensitivity subsides as the tooth heals from within and the inflammation diminishes. 

After both the root canal appointment and the crown placement appointment, the team at Comprehensive Dental Group gives you instructions on how to care for your mouth as you heal so you can avoid any complications. 

To schedule an appointment and find out if you need a root canal, call Comprehensive Dental Group, or book an appointment online today.