Root Canal Dentist in Forest Hills, Queens
If you are looking for a root canal dentist in Forest Hills then Bella Normatov, DDS has helped hundreds of patients over the years who have needed root canal treatments or have needed a second opinion for a root canal. Many patients think that a root canal is a painful procedure, but this is not true. Root canal procedures actually do the opposite they relieve pain that is caused by swelling and allow the infection to drain so that the root canal process can be started. Root Canal treatements normally take 2 or 3 appointments depending on how many root canals need to be treated. If you have been told that you need a root canal and need a second opinion then we are here to help. Call 718-997-8400.
When the nerves become infected, as a result of tooth decay, a root canal is necessary. A root canal cleans the canals of the root, eliminating the infection. This usually saves the tooth by removing the pulp, nerves and bacteria inside the tooth and replacing it with, a medicated, dental material that filling the empty space.
Patients choose to have root canals when they wish to save a tooth that would otherwise have to be removed. Most patients believe that extracting the tooth is the best idea. However, pulling a tooth is costly and leaves a space that may cause problems for other adjacent teeth. The removed tooth should be replaced by a dental implant, which is also costly.
Signs you need a root canal:
- There may be an abcess or pimple on the gums.
- The tooth is overly sensitive to hot and cold temperatures.
- Severe tooth ache.
- Swelling or tenderness around the tooth.
Reasons for Root Canal Therapy:
- Presence of tooth decay, reaching the inner ‘pulp’ of the tooth.
- Infections; can develop into an abscess at the root’s tip.
- Some injury, or trauma.
What happens during root canal therapy?
When the tooth is numbed, the dentist will place a rubber dam (rubber protection) around the tooth to keep it dry and free of saliva. An opening is made at the top of the tooth and a series of root canal files are placed inside the opening one at a time. These remove the pulp, the nerve tissue and any bacteria inside. If there is decay inside it will be removed with a special dental instrument.
Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned of all bacteria and debris it is then sealed with a permanent filling. The patient may need additional appointments to complete the treatment.
The dentist usually waits one week and then he fills the roots and the cavity with special dental materials taking care to seal the tooth completely. The dentist places a filling to cover the opening on the top of the tooth. This prevents the tooth from breaking and protects it restoring the tooth to its full function.
Once the root canal treatment is complete the tooth may still be sensitive for a while. Eventually this sensitivity will subside as the inflammation inside the tooth reduces and the tooth begins to heal.
Patients must practice good oral hygiene and schedule regular visits to the dentist.