Perhaps the five most dreaded words that a patient sitting in a dentist’s chair hears are, “you need a root canal.” Misunderstood and too often associated with pain an endodontic treatment (root canal) is a necessary procedure to help prevent tooth loss and need not be painful. Root canal in Middle Village from Dr. Edmond A. Demirdjan, DDS is a pain-free, stress-free experience because of innovation in dental techniques and sedation as well as our doctor’s extensive experience. Education of our patients is the key to not only making good decisions about their care but also to alleviating fears about the procedure.
Root canal in Middle Village is needed when the soft inner core of the tooth, called the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. This often occurs as the result of a crack in the surface of the tooth or deep decay. If left untreated the infected pulp can cause pain or an abscess. Other signs of pulp damage include sensitivity to hot or cold, tooth discoloration, or swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums. An endodontic procedure, or root canal, is often the most effective way of treating a tooth with damaged or infected pulp. Our doctor will administer local anesthetics to numb the tooth and the surrounding area. Once the tooth is numb and protected to keep it clean an opening in the crown of the tooth is made. Our doctor will then use very small instruments to clean the pulp chamber and the root canals, as well as to shape the space for filling. Next he will fill the space with gutta-percha, a biocompatible material that is placed with adhesive cement to seal the root canals.
Once the root canal in Middle Village procedure has been completed the tooth will often be topped with a temporary filling to close the opening, which will later be replaced by a crown once it has had a chance to stabilize. The crown allows the damaged tooth to look; feel and function like any other tooth. The root canal has alleviated the patient’s pain and saved the tooth. If your tooth hurts or is beginning to cause problems please come see our doctor