Prevent the Need for Extraction
A root canal procedure can relieve the painful symptoms of infection and eliminate the need for extraction. With his holistic approach to dentistry, Dr. Brian Hirschfield is focused on protecting your oral and overall health through preventive measures and conservative treatment. Patient comfort is also a priority for us, which is why we offer sedation dentistry. Under Dr. Hirschfield's care, you can expect your root canal procedure to be virtually painless and beneficial to every aspect of your health.
What Is a Dental Infection?
Dental infection can occur when a cavity advances to the inner portion (pulp) of the tooth, which consists of ligaments, nerves, and blood vessels. This tissue can also become infected due to physical trauma that damages the hard exterior of the tooth.
Why Treat an Infected Tooth?
It is essential to treat an infected tooth at the earliest stage possible to prevent the need for extraction. Treating infection can also prevent bacteria from spreading to other areas of the body. Left untreated, you may increase your risk of:
- Gum disease
- Tooth loss
- Heart disease
Dr. Hirschfield's approach is to help patients achieve the highest level of well-being through outstanding dental care. He is dedicated to addressing dental issues in a timely, effective manner to prevent more serious issues from developing.
Under Dr. Hirschfield's care, you can expect your root canal procedure to be virtually painless and beneficial to every aspect of your health.
A Comfortable and Beneficial Procedure
Many patients avoid undergoing a root canal procedure because it has a reputation for being painful. However, Dr. Hirschfield uses gentle techniques that minimize discomfort. In fact, the amount of discomfort experienced during a modern root canal is often compared to a routine dental filling.
A local anesthetic will be applied to the treatment area, making the tissues numb. If you suffer from dental phobia or are anxious about your treatment, we offer oral conscious and intravenous (IV) sedation. For your safety, Dr. Hirschfield has completed over 90 hours of training and is certified to provide IV sedation.
The Root Canal Procedure
Typically, treating a root canal infection requires two appointments. During the first appointment, the doctor will address the infected tissue. Once you are comfortable, Dr. Hirschfield will access the pulp chamber of the tooth by creating a small opening. The soft tissue will then be removed from the inner portion of the tooth, including the root canals (the centers of the tooth roots). The root canals will be slightly widened in preparation for filling.
The inside surfaces of the tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Once the tooth has been prepared, the root canals will be filled with a rubbery material called gutta-percha. Dr. Hirschfield will place a filling to seal the tooth. In most cases, the tooth will require a dental crown for support following treatment.
Restoring Your Tooth
If your tooth requires a crown, Dr. Hirschfield will place a temporary restoration immediately after your root canal. Your permanent crown will be ready in about two weeks, and he will place it during a second appointment.
Book a Consultation
If you are experiencing any symptoms such as dental pain, tenderness, or temperature sensitivity, it is possible that you are experiencing a dental infection. Contact Lakeview Dental online, or call our office at (585) 978-3085 to schedule a consultation as soon as possible.