Our Long Island dentists use the latest pain medicines and sedation dentistry options, so patients don’t feel a thing during the root canal procedure.
Let’s face it: Root canals have a bad reputation. But the truth is that root canals actually take away pain, rather than cause it. The average person who needs a root canal has already been experiencing ongoing, perhaps severe pain in that tooth due to damage or disease. After having a root canal at Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, patients feel immediate and lasting relief of their symptoms.
Reasons to undergo a root canal
To understand why your dentist has recommended a root canal, it’s helpful to have a basic understanding of the anatomy of your tooth. The outside is a hard layer called enamel. Within that layer is a softer substance called dentin. Inside the dentin is pulp, which is soft, living tissue. This innermost layer also includes the root canal, within which lies the nerve of the tooth.
A root canal procedure involves removing the damaged or diseased pulp and nerves from the pulp chamber and root canals. This is necessary for the following reasons:
- Deep decay or infection
- Severe crack in the tooth
- Faulty crown
- Dental abscess
- Repeated dental procedures on the same tooth
- Severe facial trauma
How root canals are performed
The first step in the procedure is to administer local anesthetic and sedation dentistry medications to prevent discomfort and ease anxiety. Next, the dentist will place a rubber dam around the tooth. This is a sheet of sterile rubber that keeps the area dry and clean during the procedure. Then, the dentist will drill a small access hole through the enamel.
Using root canal files, the dentist removes the pulp, bacteria, and other debris through the access hole. The sides of the root canals are thoroughly scraped and cleaned to eliminate the infection. After cleaning the tooth, the dentist will seal it with a filling.
Typically, after a root canal, patients need a dental crown on the tooth to restore it and prevent further damage. At our Long Island dentistry practice, patients benefit from CEREC technology. This state-of-the-art milling machine fabricates custom crowns onsite. This means patients can receive a dental crown on the day of the procedure. There’s no need to return in a couple of weeks to receive a permanent crown.
What you can expect after a root canal
Patients can generally expect to take it easy for the rest of the day, especially if they’ve received an oral or IV sedative. Pain can generally be well-controlled with over-the-counter medications such as naproxen or ibuprofen. It’s normal to have a little sensitivity and inflammation for the first few days. However, patients can expect to resume their normal activities on the day after the root canal. Unless otherwise directed by your dentist, you can brush and floss like usual after the procedure.
How much do root canals cost?
If you have a Long Island dental insurance plan, it’s quite likely that all or a significant portion of the cost will be covered. However, even if you are uninsured or under-insured, you’ll find the fees at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry to be fair and affordable. We always provide a free consultation beforehand, during which you’ll receive an estimate for the procedure. In addition, payment plans are available.
Root canal dentists in Huntington Station, Long Island
Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot will carefully plan your treatment, making sure you fully understand what to expect. We’ll also discuss your sedation dentistry options and recommend a safe, appropriate choice for your unique needs.
At Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry in South Huntington, we understand that the thought of having a procedure like a root canal might be a little nerve-wracking. Our team will do everything possible to make the experience a positive one for you. Call our cosmetic dentistry practice in Huntington, Long Island today!