Root Canal

Dr. I Dental PC

Dentist located in Queens, Elmhurst, NY

Root canals have a bad reputation, leading many people to avoid the procedure. In reality, it’s no more painful than a filling. The real pain is in the infected tooth root that necessitates the procedure. When Emmanuil Ilyayev, DDS, and his team of dental professionals at Dr. I Dental PC in Elmhurst, Queens, in New York City, fix your infected tooth with a root canal, you’ll actually feel an overwhelming amount of relief. Schedule your appointment today by calling the office or booking a visit online.

Root Canal Q & A

What’s a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure that’s done to treat infected tooth pulp and salvage your tooth from decay.

Your tooth pulp is the soft tissue inside your tooth. It’s composed of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. When your tooth pulp gets infected, it gets inflamed. This inflammation compresses the nerves inside the tooth and causes immense pain.

If left untreated, an infected tooth pulp can lead to:

  • Tooth loss
  • Jawbone deterioration
  • Bacterial infection of your blood, or sepsis

A root canal enables Dr. Ilyayev to remove your infected tooth pulp, thereby alleviating your pain, saving your tooth, and preventing the infection from spreading into your jaw and surrounding teeth.

What are the signs that I need a root canal?

The most common symptom of infected tooth pulp is immense pain, but some other indications that you might need a root canal include:

  • Bad breath
  • Swollen gums
  • A tooth that’s turned dark
  • Increased sensitivity to hot and cold in your teeth
  • Pimple-like bumps on your gums around the tooth

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with Dr. I Dental PC immediately. The longer you wait, the more painful it will become.

How do I get a root canal?

Dr. Ilyayev can administer your root canal in a 30-90 minute procedure. First, he takes an X-ray of your tooth to assess the extent of the damage and infection and to use as a roadmap for the procedure.

Next, he numbs your tooth and the surrounding area with a local anesthetic and secures a piece of rubber (called a dental dam) around the tooth to keep it isolated during the procedure.

Once your tooth is prepared, he drills a tiny hole in the top of your tooth and uses a series of small files to remove the infected pulp inside. Since the pulp is dead or decayed, you won’t feel any pain when it’s removed.

After Dr. Ilyayev extracts all of the diseased pulp, he cleans your tooth chamber with an antibacterial solution, fills it with a rubbery compound called gutta-percha, and seals the hole in the top of your tooth with a filling. To finish, he fits your tooth with a permanent crown to restore its strength and functionality and prevent any further infections.

If you think that you might need a root canal, don’t wait to schedule an appointment with the gentle dental experts at Dr. I Dental PC. The sooner you get treated, the sooner you’ll be free of pain. You can book your visit by calling the office or scheduling online.