When tooth decay becomes large it can lead to infection and pain. If this occurs, root canal therapy is necessary to relieve the pain, eliminate the infection, and save the tooth. Dr. Aimee Kraft uses the latest technology for successful root canal procedures that are pain free. To schedule a consultation for a root canal or any dental procedure, please contact Aimee Kraft DDS in Brooklyn Heights in New York, or book your consultation online.
Root Canal Q & A
What is a root canal procedure?
Root canal therapy is a procedure designed to treat teeth when the decay has become extensive. Dr. Kraft recommends this procedure when the decay exceeded the limits of what a filing can repair. Root canal therapy works by removing the decay and damaged tissue from the roots of your tooth. After the procedure, your tooth will not be infected, and you should not experience any more sensitivity or pain.
What happens during the procedure?
At the beginning of the procedure, Dr. Kraft will start by numbing your tooth and the area around it with a local anesthetic so you can stay comfortable during treatment. Once you’re numb, Dr. Kraft will remove the damaged tissue and decay from the inside of your tooth. Once your root is, Dr. Kraft will fill the space with a material that protects it from future infection and additional damage. It is common for these teeth to need a crown for protection and structural support.
Is the treatment painful?
Damaged teeth are more sensitive, and you may already be experiencing pain in your tooth before the procedure. Dr. Kraft uses local anesthetics to prevent you from feeling any pain during root canal therapy. After the procedure, the treated area may be a little sore. You can relieve the soreness with over-the-counter pain relief in most cases.
Is root canal therapy better than having the tooth extracted?
Patients with painful or damaged teeth often wonder whether they should just have the teeth pulled. Missing teeth can lead to other problems. It is preferred to save the tooth with root canal therapy if possible. Having a root canal instead of an extraction prevents bone loss in your jaw, bite problems, and shifting of your teeth.