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The Root Canal Procedure

We know the idea of getting a root canal may cause some anxiety, so we want to give you an idea of what to expect. Knowing what will happen may help to put your mind at ease. The procedure is simple, straightforward, and fairly easy for you. The root canal procedure involves the following steps:

  1. X-rays and diagnosis: We will take X-rays to assess the tooth and determine the best course of action.
  2. Anesthesia: To ensure your comfort during the procedure, we will administer local anesthesia to numb the area. We can also provide you with nitrous oxide if you would prefer to have it.
  3. Pulpectomy: We will create an opening in the tooth to access the infected pulp, which will then be removed.
  4. Cleaning and shaping: The tooth’s root canals will be cleaned and shaped to prepare for the filling.
  5. Filling and sealing: We will fill the canals with a biocompatible material and seal the tooth with a special filling material.
  6. Crown placement: In most cases, a dental crown is placed after a root canal to protect the tooth and restore its function.

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure that involves removing infected or damaged pulp from a tooth, cleaning the area, and sealing it to prevent future infections. This treatment can save a tooth that might otherwise need to be extracted, preserving your natural tooth structure and function.

Signs You May Need a Root Canal

Of course, we’ll let you know if you require a root canal, but it could be that your mouth lets you know first! Some common signs that you may need a root canal include:

  • Severe toothache
  • Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Discoloration of a tooth
  • Swelling and tenderness in the surrounding gums

None of the above are definitive signs that you need a root canal, but if you experience any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment at Brilliance Dentistry for an evaluation right away!

Root Canal Cost and Recovery

The cost of endodontic care like a root canal varies depending on the complexity of the procedure and the tooth’s location. We understand that affordability is essential, and our team will work with you to discuss payment options. If you have dental insurance, your policy may cover a significant portion. 

Recovery from a root canal is typically straightforward, with most patients experiencing minimal discomfort. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help manage any post-procedure pain, and you can expect to return to your normal activities within a day or two.

Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canals

  • How long does a root canal take? A root canal typically takes one to two hours, depending on the tooth and the complexity of the procedure.
  • Do root canals hurt? With modern anesthesia and techniques, root canals are generally painless.
  • How much is a root canal? The cost of a root canal varies depending on the tooth and the procedure’s complexity. Our team will provide a detailed estimate during your consultation.

Gentle and Compassionate Root Canals on Long Island

At Brilliance Dentistry, we prioritize your comfort and wellbeing during your root canal treatment. Trust our experienced team to rescue and restore your tooth! Contact us today to schedule an appointment or ask any questions you may have about root canals.

Bright, shining smiles begin at Brilliance Dentistry.