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Root Canals

Awesome Philadelphia Root Canal Treatments

Most of the time, when people think of a root canal, they often shudder with imagined pain and discomfort. At the same time, this misconception has sometimes caused delays in getting patients to the dentist’s office. The truth of the matter is that the pain associated with root canals often comes from the infected tooth, not the dental procedure. This painful infection only worsens over time and requires endodontic care as soon as possible.

Through years of advancement in this specific field of dentistry, endodontic treatment has increased in speed, become less painful, and become more successful in resolving the damaged tooth.

Root canals help to relieve the tooth pain that you have been suffering from the infected soft tissue within the tooth, enable you to keep your natural teeth, and prevent further damage to your oral health.

A “root canal,” or pulpectomy, is a treatment for infections of the soft inner tissue of a tooth. Root Canal infections can spread into the outer areas of the tooth, causing discoloration. These infections will affect the jaw’s health and other tissues surrounding the tooth if left untreated.

Do you experience pain when you chew your food or drink beverages? Are your gums swollen and red? These are all signs that could indicate that you have abscessed or infected teeth.

Philadelphia’s root canal specialist, Dr. Renee Yurovsky, and her experienced dental team of dental professionals want you to know that you are seen as an individual when you step into our waiting room, not just another patient.

At our dental office, we work hard to ensure that our dental care is as comfortable, pain-free, and effective as possible. We are happy to accommodate your unique needs during your visit.

The Truth About Root Canal Therapy

Root Canals are the thin passages that run from the soft inner tissue of your tooth (pulp) to the tip of the root of your tooth. These canals may become infected in various ways, but most commonly, are a consequence of untreated cavities. Since the canals contain nerve fibers, infections of this kind are often accompanied by varying amounts of pain.

Root canal procedures preserve your Oral Health and improve the appearance of teeth that have been darkened by infection. They likewise function as a preventative measure to help you avoid costly restorations to replace a tooth lost to decay and infection.

What Happened Aren’t Root Canals Painful?

Many people are concerned about the potential pain of a root canal treatment. You may be surprised to find out that this modern-day therapy is generally pain-free and no more uncomfortable than having a filling placed.


Philadelphia Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Procedure

After sufficiently numbing the area, our Philadelphia, PA  dentist, Dr. Yurovsky, creates an opening on the tooth’s surface. Following this, she will remove any decayed tissue and/or bacteria.

An instrument called a root canal file is then used to remove the nerve fibers and clean out infected tissue from within the thin canals. We use magnifying equipment to assist in the treatment.

Afterward, the tooth inside is thoroughly cleaned and supplied with initial filling material, accompanied by medications to soothe the area around the previously infected tooth.

A final filling, like those used to fix cavities, is applied to the tooth’s surface. In many cases, a crown is placed instead of a filling to provide relief and more structural support for the tooth.

Most often, both the diagnostic exam and the root canal procedure can be completed in two office visits.

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Root Canal Treatment

Since root canal therapy usually takes a minimum of two appointments to complete, Dr. Yurovsky will place a temporary filling or crown over the site to protect your tooth between your first and second treatments.

It is common and not troublesome for small portions of your temporary filling to wear away or break off in between appointments. However, if the entire filling falls out or if a temporary crown comes off, call the office to schedule an appointment to replace it.

Make sure to avoid chewing for several hours if anesthesia has been used to numb your lips, gums, and tongue. If you attempt to chew normally, an injury may result in the hours after the procedure while the anesthetic is still wearing off.

Soreness is normal for several days after your root canal, particularly when you chew and eat.

Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as Advil or Tylenol, can help to ease your discomfort. Rinsing with warm salt water three times daily will also help lessen pain and swelling. Dissolve one teaspoon of salt in one cup of warm water, then rinse, swish, and spit until you have used the whole cup.

Please take your antibiotics as prescribed for the duration indicated, even if no signs or symptoms of infection exist.

Here are a few tips to protect your tooth and keep your temporary filling or crown in place:

  • Avoid sticky foods, particularly gum.
  • Avoid chewing on hard foods and substances, such as ice, fingernails, and pens.
  • If possible, try to chew on the untreated side of your mouth.
  • Brush and floss as usual.

In most cases, the final step of root canal treatment is the crown’s placement; this will protect your tooth from breaking (please see Crowns for more information).

Root Canal Dentist Philadelphia

If your bite feels uneven, your pain lasts more than a few days, or you have any other questions regarding our Philadelphia Root Canal Treatment. Please call our Philadelphia Root Canal Treatments dentist at 215-545-1202 to schedule a follow-up appointment or for other dental health services. 

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