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Root Canal Therapy

Nobody wants to get a root canal. At Neighborhood Family Dentistry of Utica, NY, we strive to make the process as easy and pain-free as possible.

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Root Canal FAQs

What is a root canal?

Root canal therapy helps teeth by removing diseased or dead nerves inside the tooth.

Inside each tooth is a nerve, also called the pulp, which provides nutrients and feeling to the tooth. When the nerve is irreversibly inflamed or necrotic, your risk of infection or abcesses increases. By removing the damaged pulp of the tooth, a root canal eradicates the potential source of infection.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

Only a qualified dental professional can say for sure whether you’re a good candidate for a root canal. Most patients who end up needing root canals, however, complain of few different symptons:

  • Severe pain in their tooth, which stems from the inflamed or damaged nerve.
  • Heightened sensitivity to hot and cold.
  • Pain while chewing or even just touching the tooth.
  • Darkening of the tooth.
  • Swelling and tenderness in nearby gums.

Keep in mind, though, that sometimes no symptoms are present.

Where do I have a root canal done?

Dr. Brown at Neighborhood Family Dentistry does not perform root canals in office, however, after diagnosing your problem, relies on highly trained specialists to get the job done thoroughly and efficiently. After the doctor evaluates and diagnoses your tooth, we will make all the arrangements for you to have the treatment.

What does a root canal entail?

The doctor creates a small “access cavity” which allows them to reach the damaged pulp inside your tooth. That pulp is then removed and your tooth is resealed with a filling material called gutta percha.

Do root canals hurt?

Despite their bad reputation, root canals don’t hurt any more than your run-of-the-mill filling. Local anesthesia controls the pain during the procedure, though you may be subject to tenderness and mild discomfort while chewing for up to six months after your root canal.

I don’t want to get a root canal. Are there alternatives?

If the nerve of your tooth is infected and causing you pain, you have two options: either get a root canal to relieve the pain or extract the tooth entirely.