Root canal therapy is a procedure that removes damaged or infected pulp (soft tissue of the tooth where the blood vessels and nerves are) from the center of the tooth. If you have any of the following symptoms, you may need a root canal in Rego Park, New York:
- Severe toothache pain when chewing
- Prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
- Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
- Swelling and tenderness in nearby gums
- A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums
The first step of root canal therapy is to take an X-ray to see the shape of the root canals and to detect any signs of infection in the surrounding bone. Dr. Eftihia Thomopoulos then numbs the area surrounding the tooth. Our dentist gently opens the tooth and removes the infected pulp, bacteria, decayed nerve tissue, and debris. After the tooth is cleaned completely, it is sealed using a filling. Depending on the size of the root canal, a crown may be necessary to protect the tooth. In most cases, we are able to complete root canal therapy in just one or two visits to our office.
If you suffer from dental pain or think you may need root canal therapy, please call our office for further information and to set up a consultation.