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Root Canals Specialist

Karanjit Kamboj, DDS -  - General Dentistry

Beech Avenue Dental

Karanjit Kamboj, DDS

General Dentistry located in Flushing, NY

Contrary to what you may have learned in movies and TV shows, root canals are not a dreaded and painful procedure. By treating and salvaging your infected tooth, a root canal actually alleviates you of a great deal of pain. Beech Avenue Dental in Flushing, New York, is a trusted provider of root canals for the local community. Karanjit Kamboj, DDS, and his team have helped numerous patients restore their oral health with safe, gentle, and effective root canals. To learn more, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking online.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure that salvages a damaged or infected tooth by removing its pulp. 

The pulp is the soft inner layer of your tooth. It’s made up of connective tissues, blood vessels, and nerve fibers. When the pulp is damaged or infected, it swells and pinches the nerves, which causes a great deal of pain. 

Many people mistakenly associate the pain of infected or damaged pulp with the root canal procedure itself. In reality, a root canal alleviates your pain. 

Root canals are a particularly incredible procedure. In the past, the only way to treat a damaged or infected tooth was to extract it. By treating only the infected or damaged pulp, a root canal enables you to save more of your natural tooth structure, which is better for your oral health.

Do I need a root canal?

If your tooth pulp is damaged or infected, then yes, you need a root canal. Some of the signs of damaged or infected tooth pulp include:

  • Severe pain in your tooth
  • Darkened or discolored tooth
  • Tender or swollen gums
  • Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
  • Pus around the root of your tooth
  • A pimple-like pocket of pus on your gum

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule a visit with Beech Avenue Dental immediately.

What happens if I don’t get a root canal?

If left untreated, an infected or damaged tooth only gets worse. Putting off your root canal can ultimately lead to:

  • Formation of an abscess
  • Tooth loss
  • Infection of nearby teeth and jawbone
  • Sepsis

Getting the appropriate treatment with a root canal can save your tooth, your surrounding teeth, and your overall oral health.

How do you perform a root canal?

First, your dentist at Beech Avenue Dental numbs your tooth and the surrounding tissue with a local anesthetic and protects the rest of your mouth with a rubber dental dam. Your dentist then drills a small access hole in the top of your tooth and uses a series of tiny endodontic files to scrape out the decayed pulp inside your tooth. 

Once your tooth is free of damaged pulp, your dentist cleans and sterilizes the inside of your mouth. In some cases, they insert a small metal or plastic rod to reinforce the structure of your tooth’s interior. 

Next, they seal up the interior of your tooth with a rubbery compound called gutta-percha, and fill the access hole in the top of your tooth with a filling material. Finally, they fit your tooth with a crown to restore its strength and structure.

Don’t wait any longer to treat your infected or damaged tooth. Schedule your root canal with Beech Avenue Dental today by calling the office or booking your visit online.