Root canal treatment has traditionally been a feared procedure. Many people in the past have compared painful experiences to root canal. Fortunately, modern procedural techniques and anesthetic make root canal treatment routine most of the time. Dr. Michael Baharestani takes his time to explain treatment options and procedures needed to reduce anxiety.
Flossing can prevent the need for root canal Proper oral hygiene technique is very important. This includes brushing twice a day and flossing Atleast once per day. These principals can prevent decay and gum disease. If decay in a tooth is neglected this can lead to a root canal. Root canal when necessary can be done by an Endodontist- root canal specialist. Therefore, proper oral hygiene is critical.
When a patient goes for his or her dental check ups, usually every six months, he or she can consult with the dentist regarding proper flossing technique. Flossing can remove particles of food and bacteria that brushing alone cannot address.
There are various types of floss that can be used. Waxed and unwaxed are two types of floss. The best advice regarding the material type of floss and technique can be obtained from your dentist and hygienist.
An Endodontist is root canal specialist. They provide expertise in diagnosis and treatment of the dental pulp and the surrounding tissues.
Many times it can be difficult to diagnose why a patient is having pain or which tooth is the source. Endodontists can use special instruments to aid in their diagnosis. They often look for tiny cracks in teeth that can cause a lot of pain and that may be invisible to the naked eye. Through the use of a dental operating microscope, it may be possible to see these cracks. The dental operating microscope may help help an Endodontist look for previously untreated root canals. These untreated canals may cause inflammation and infection, which may cause the patient pain.
Other means for finding a source of pain could be looking for clues on radiographs. These clues require a highly trained eye to be spotted. These clues could range from a deep decay to a widening of a ligament to an area of chronic infection.
The technical experience of an Endodontist cannot be matched. Endodontists limit their practice to root canal offering their patients maximum expertise. In fact, it is this experience which can make the process of having a root canal seem routine and often relatively painless.
A root removal is often the best answer to a damaged tooth root. Here are 4 things to know about root removal in Great neck that may make it easier to deal with this common procedure.
This is probably the biggest concern for anyone who has to undergo a root canal procedure. The good news is, the procedure should cause no more discomfort than a dental filling.
Many dentists will help alleviate the discomfort of the needle with a little topical anesthetic applied prior. Once your mouth is numb, you should find the rest of the procedure to be tolerable. Talk to Michael Baharestani about any concerns you may have. He should be able to give you a little peace of mind about pain.
Luckily, healing time is usually fairly short. It is normal to feel some discomfort after the anesthetic has worn off, but, within a day or two, you should be able to resume normal activities. Your dentist may also an antibiotic if he or she feels there is a risk of remaining infection. Your tooth and the gum surrounding it could remain sensitive for two to three days.
Once the procedure has been successfully completed and you have a fully restored tooth, you will need to take good care of your mouth. Some dental restorations do need to be replaced over time, but, with the care of your dentist and a good oral health care regime, you can make your restoration last.
If you have been told you need the procedure, the only realistic solution is to have the tooth removed. While this may seem like the easy fix, removing a tooth is always the least favorable choice. Missing teeth can lead to other issues and the restoration to repair it can be more invasive and costly that post root canal restorations.
As a patient, these symptoms will be the most obvious to you:
Dr Michael Baharestani DDS Root canal specialist in Great Neck will use these signs to indicate a root issue:
If you are worried you need a root canal, you should:
After consulting with Dr. Baharestani , ask about the next steps in the process and how to prevent future root canals. Give us a call or set up your appointment online.
Pulp: Deep inside each of your teeth, underneath the white enamel exterior, is the pulp. Pulp is tissue helps the tooth grow. It also gives the tooth the ability to perceive hot and cold and vibration. Pulp and nerve is good because small cavities can recalcify and solve themsleves but only if the tooth is alive and has not had a root canal. Pulp can become inflamed or infected from deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the same tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth.
Crown: A crown is the procedure that strengthens a hollowed out tooth. A crown is necessary after you get a root canal to protect the tooth after the dead tissue has been scraped out during the root canal. You’ll need a crown after your root canal so that you can bite on your tooth and use it normally after a root canal.
Root Canal: A procedure done by a dentist that saves a dead or dying tooth by “mummifying it” — essentially, scraping out the dead issue inside so that the outer portion of the tooth (the white enamel, and the root of the tooth which lives inside your gum) can stay in your mouth, instead of having to be taken out entirely.
Irreversible and reversible pulpitis: Pulpitis is inflammation of dental pulp tissue. If the pulpitis pain is irreversible, this might indicate more serious damage than if the pulpitis pain is reversible.
Endodontist: A dentist who specializes in root canals and procedures that preserve infected or diseased teeth.
Abscess: Essentially a hole in the jawbone. Bone won’t grow in the area around an infection, so this shows up as a dark space on the x-ray.
Percussion sensitivity: Tooth sensitivity, tenderness, or pain when you tap on the tooth.
Hot and cold sensitivity: Just like what it sounds like — this refers to whether your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold drinks.
Lingering and non-lingering pain: Pain that “lingers” (stays around) or does not linger (pain that goes away) are indicators your dentist will use to help determine if you need a root canal or not. When pain is lingering, this means that the tooth isn’t able to recover. When pain is non-lingering, this is a sign that the tooth is able to recover.
Not many people enjoy going to the dentist, especially when they need major dental work done, but at Michael Baharestani DDS Root canal specialist, in Great Neck, we try and make every experience you have with us as pain free and enjoyable as possible. Root Canals need to be done when the tooth decays from cavities or cracks and the pulp inside the tooth becomes infected. A good sign you may need a root canal is if you have moderate to severe pain when you chew.
How to Prepare
Relax! – Your dentist will inject a numbing agent into your gums before they start drilling. Advil and Tylenol are ok after, but avoid aspirin for at least ten days prior to your visit as it can thin your blood and cause complications during the procedure.
Avoid certain foods – It is best to avoid any foods that are particularly sticky, chewy or hard a few days before your root canal procedure. These foods can get stuck in your tooth and make it a pain for your dentist to remove prior to the procedure. If consuming these types of foods is unavoidable for you, try chewing on the side of your mouth that is opposite of the tooth that requires the root canal. This will also help keep you from experiencing any pain before the tooth can be repaired.
Ask questions – The best way to prepare is to follow your dentist’s instructions. Going to get a root canal can be a daunting experience so if you have any questions or concerns then you should contact your dentist prior to the appointment.