A root canal is a procedure that is used to save a natural tooth from extraction. Severely damaged teeth that are infected or decayed need the deep cleaning that a root canal provides to restore stability. Dr. Drew Shulman performs root canals at his Northeast Philadelphia dental office with patients’ comfort in mind. Many people may fear the pain of a root canal, but this very common general dental procedure is only as painful as a routine dental filling. Patients may also feel their pain is relieved when the infection is removed.
Signs that you need a root canal can include:
- Tooth pain
- Darkening tooth color
- Sensitive gum tissue
- Tooth sensitivity to temperature
The root canal is the interior of the tooth where the pulp and nerves are located. When decay has infiltrated the pulp chamber, a root canal is needed. During root canal treatment, Dr. Shulman will numb the area with a local anesthetic. A tiny hole in the back of the tooth will be made to remove the infected pulp. The chamber will be cleaned and then filled with a biocomposite material to reseal the tooth.
In most cases, the placement of a dental crown is recommended to provide more strength and stability for the life of the natural tooth. Dr. Shulman will typically place the crown at a subsequent visit.
Root Canal FAQs
What does a root canal feel like?
Root canals are similar to dental fillings and are not any more painful than other procedures. Anesthesia that is used to numb the area makes the procedure painless. Your tooth may feel numb for several hours after your root canal.
How long does it take to heal from a root canal?
You may feel mild pain for a few days after the procedure, but this fades.
How long will my root canal last?
Your root canal should last you a lifetime as a permanent restoration.
Schedule A Preventative Dental Care Visit
Are you noticing sudden or increasing tooth pain or tooth sensitivity? You may need a root canal. Call Dr. Shulman to get professional dental treatment today at (215) 372-1142.