When you have tooth pain that lingers, it might be time for a root canal. Although the thought of getting a root canal might make you nervous, you can rest assured that this procedure isn't painful. At M.Y. Dental Spa, Dr. Mimi Yeung offers root canals for patients in New York City, who have certain kinds of tooth infections. When you undergo this procedure, you can expect it to be as pain-free as possible. Call or click to see how Dr. Yeung can help you with your tooth pain.
What’s a root canal?
A root canal is a procedure that is necessary when the pulp inside your tooth is infected or severely damaged. Removing it helps prevent complications from occurring, such as having an infection spread to another part of your body.
When might I need a root canal?
Keep in mind that Dr. Yeung might determine that you need a root canal based on X-ray results or an exam when you come in for routine cleaning. If you do have tooth problems, you might need a root canal for one or more of the following symptoms:
Increased sensitivity to heat and cold that lasts for a long time. Ongoing pain or a dull, yet constant ache in one or more teeth. Pain when you bite down or chew food. Pain that interferes with sleep.
What happens during a root canal?
When you have a root canal, Dr. Yeung first numbs the area, then makes an opening in the crown of your tooth. She then removes the pulp from inside your tooth and prepares the empty canal for a temporary filling and dental sealer. You’ll have the temporary filling removed when you have your tooth restored.
Do I need a crown?
Dr. Yeung might place a crown on your tooth after you’ve had a root canal. This crown provides added protection from bacteria, which helps lower your risk of infection. Dr. Yeung determines if a crown is right for you on a case-by-case basis.
Do root canals hurt?
Dr. Yeung uses a local anesthetic before working on your tooth, so you shouldn’t experience any discomfort during your root canal. You’ll most likely have increased sensitivity for two or three days after the procedure. You might have pain when you bite down or when your tooth is exposed to heat or cold, but this is only temporary.
Do I need a root canal or a tooth extraction?
Depending on your condition, you might have both options available. Keep in mind that a root canal allows you to keep your original tooth rather than losing it and needing a replacement. Dr. Yeung will go over both treatment options to help you decide which one would be better for you.
If you think you might need a root canal for tooth problems, please contact M.Y. Dental Spa to set up an appointment with Dr. Yeung.