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Root Canal Dentist in Forest Hills, Queens

If you are looking for a root canal dentist in Forest Hills then Bella Normatov, DDS has helped hundreds of patients over the years who have needed root canal treatments or have needed a second opinion for a root canal. Many patients think that a root canal is a painful procedure, but this is not true. Root canal procedures actually do the opposite they relieve pain that is caused by swelling and allow the infection to drain so that the root canal process can be started. Root Canal treatements normally take 2 or 3 appointments depending on how many root canals need to be treated. If you have been told that you need a root canal and need a second opinion then we are here to help. Call 718-997-8400.

When the nerve of a tooth is infected by due to decay, a root canal is needed in order to clean the canals of the root of all the decay and infection. This usually saves the tooth by removing the pulp, nerves and bacteria inside the tooth and replacing it with medicated dental material that fills the space allowing the tooth to be saved 

Patients choose to have root canals when they wish to save a tooth that would otherwise have to be removed. Most patients believe that extracting the tooth is the best idea. However, pulling a tooth is costly and leaves a space that may cause problems for other adjacent teeth. The removed tooth should be replaced by dental implants, which is also costly.

Possible signs of a root canal needed:

  • There may be an abcess or pimple on the gums.
  • The tooth may be become sensitive to hot and cold.
  • The patient may experience severe tooth ache.
  • There may be swelling or tenderness around the tooth.

Reasons for root canal therapy:

The decay inside the tooth has reached the pulp of the tooth (the living tissue inside the tooth); the infection may have become an abscess which has developed at the root tip, or there may have been injury or trauma to the tooth.

What happens during root canal therapy?

When the tooth is numbed, the dentist will place a rubber dam (rubber protection) around the tooth to keep it dry and free of saliva. An opening is made at the top of the tooth and a series of root canal files are placed inside the opening one at a time. These remove the pulp, the nerve tissue and any bacteria inside here. If there is decay inside it will be removed with special dental instrument.

Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned of all bacteria and debris it is then sealed with a permanent filling. The patient may need additional appointments.

The dentist usually waits one week and then he fills the roots and the cavity with special dental materials taking care to seal the tooth completely. The dentist places a filling to cover the opening on the top of the tooth. This prevents the tooth from breaking and protects it restoring the tooth to its full function.

Once the root canal treatment has finished the tooth may still be sensitive for a while. Eventually this sensitivity will subside as the inflammation inside the tooth reduces and the tooth begins to heal.

The patient must practice good oral hygiene practices and regular visits will aid the life of the root canal.

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