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Alleviate Pain and Infection with a Root Canal Procedure

A root canal procedure can relieve painful symptoms of an infected tooth and prevent bacteria from spreading to other parts of the mouth and body. Dr. Brian Hirschfield is certified by the state of New York in intravenous (IV) sedation. He offers the option, along with other types of sedation, for patients who have dental anxiety or concerns about discomfort during the procedure. Patient comfort is our primary concern, and we take pride in providing comprehensive and long-term care to our patients and their families. Lakeview Dental has compassionately served the Lakeville, NY, area for 15 years.

When is Root Canal Therapy Necessary?

Each tooth has a pulp chamber and one or more root canals that run from the central chamber to the bottom of the root. Root canal therapy may be necessary if there is a deep cavity, fracture, or infection in the tooth.

A root canal procedure can relieve painful symptoms of an infected tooth and prevent bacteria from spreading to other parts of the mouth and body.​

When the soft, inner tissue becomes necrotic or abscessed, the infection can spread beyond the dental roots, negatively affecting adjacent teeth and bone. This infection can cause a substantial amount of pressure, resulting in discomfort and pain. Root canal therapy may be necessary to alleviate the pressure and clear out the infection.

If the problem is ignored, the symptoms will become more severe and a tooth extraction may be required. If the tooth is removed, the dentist will most likely recommend a replacement option, such as a dental implant or a dental bridge.

A Closer Look at the Procedure

Root canal therapy is virtually painless with the aid of modern dental technology. Local anesthesia will be administered to numb the area. Many patients prefer sedation in addition to anesthesia because it helps them remain relaxed on the day of their procedure. Dr. Hirschfield offers both oral conscious and intravenous (IV) sedation options. He has completed over 90 hours of specific training on sedation to ensure your complete safety throughout treatment. 

Illustration of steps of root canal therapy
Root canal therapy consists of several steps to completely eradicate infection.

Once you are comfortable, Dr. Hirschfield will access the pulp chamber of the tooth through a very small hole. The damaged tissue will then be removed from the inner portion of the tooth, and the canals will be slightly widened in preparation for filling. The inside surfaces will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Once the tooth has been prepared, the root canals will be filled with a flexible dental material called gutta-percha. A temporary filling will be placed until your next appointment.

After a short healing period, you will have a second visit so Dr. Hirschfield can remove the temporary filling and place a permanent, customized dental crown. Once in place, the structural integrity of your tooth will be restored.

Could Root Canal Therapy Save Your Tooth?

If you are experiencing any symptoms such as pain, tenderness, or temperature sensitivity, you may need a root canal. We can help you determine the most cost-effective and predictable treatment, based on your individual dental needs. Contact Lakeview Dental online, or call our office at (585) 346-3028 to schedule a consultation.

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