Many people get concerned when they find out they need a root canal. Indra Quagliata, DDS, at IQ Family & Cosmetic Dentistry wants you to know a root canal doesn’t have to be an anxiety-ridden, excessively painful experience. Located in Rochester, New York, the experienced dental team at IQ Family & Cosmetic Dentistry performs root canals on a routine basis using the most up-to-date technology. If you're nervous about having a root canal, book an appointment over the phone or online. IQ Family & Cosmetic Dentistry's professional team is ready to soothe your worries.
A root canal is a dental treatment that saves and repairs an infected tooth. If your tooth becomes severely infected from inside, Dr. Quagliata at IQ Family & Cosmetic Dentistry removes the bacteria and any dying or dead tissue. This allows them to protect your tooth and take away your pain.
An untreated cavity or oral injury can cause infection in the tissue and roots of your teeth. If you don’t visit the dentist, the infected tissue may spread into the root or pulp of the tooth. This can cause a host of other problems if the infection spreads any further, so be sure to seek treatment.
An infected tooth can become very painful relatively quickly, especially if you don’t take care of it promptly. Some typical symptoms of an infected tooth include:
Most often, Dr. Quagliata completes the treatment in one or two appointments. You may first require a special X-ray known as cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) to determine the extent of damage to the tooth needing the root canal. CBCT gives a 3D image to Dr. Quagliata, which helps her establish a specific treatment plan and also a predictable root canal procedure.
At your appointment, Dr. Quagliata uses a needle to numb the area with a local anesthetic. Occasionally, she sets a small layer of rubber, or dental dam, around the tooth to safeguard it and keep it sanitary throughout the process. After anesthesia is applied, she creates a tiny opening in your tooth to find and treat the area of infection in the root.
Then, Dr. Quagliata will clear away the unhealthy and infected pulp, then irrigate the area with water to clean it. Until you return for a permanent crown, your dentist either seals the tooth or applies a temporary filling.
Call IQ Family & Cosmetic Dentistry or book a consultation online if you have any symptoms or signs of a tooth infection.