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Root Canals

Vanguard and Achury Dental

General Dentistry located in Garden City, NY & Jackson Heights, NY

If the term “root canal” brings on negative associations, you owe it to yourself to learn about the latest innovations in root-canal technology. Camilo Achury, DDS, and Diva Puerta, DDS, at Vanguard and Achury Dental Garden in Garden City, Long Island, and Jackson Heights, Queens, offer outstanding root-canal services that can save an infected tooth with no pain. Call either office in New York City or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about your options when it comes to root canals.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure that treats an infected tooth. In order to understand root canals, it helps to think about the structure of your teeth. 

The outermost, visible layer of your teeth is a hard white substance called enamel. Just beneath your enamel lies a layer of dentin, another hard tissue that’s yellow in color. The next layer is a soft tissue called pulp.

Your pulp contains a mix of blood vessels, nerves, connective tissues, and other soft tissues. That pulp nourishes your tooth as it develops, but once you’re an adult, your tooth no longer needs pulp to survive. 

If your pulp becomes infected, there’s no way to clear out the infection without physically removing every trace of pulp from the tooth chamber. That process, as well as the restoration that follows, is called a root canal. 

How do I know if I need a root canal?

If your tooth becomes infected, there will be clear signs that something is amiss. Some of the more common symptoms of an infected tooth include:

  • Pain during chewing or any pressure on the affected tooth
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold temperature
  • Swollen gums
  • Darkened tooth
  • A pimplelike sore on the gums

Rarely, a tooth will become infected and show no clear symptoms. Your dentist may be able to detect the problem during your routine dental exam.

What steps does a root canal entail?

The Vanguard and Achury Dental team begins by administering a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area. Next, they isolate the tooth with a dental dam to keep saliva away during your procedure and create a small opening in the crown of your tooth. 

That opening allows the team to maneuver incredibly slim dental instruments inside the tooth chamber. The team removes all traces of pulp and cleanses the chamber and roots thoroughly. 

A dental microscope allows them to view the inside of your tooth chamber during this part of the procedure. 

Vanguard and Achury Dental uses ultrasonic instruments that produce ultrasonic vibrations to clean the emptied chamber, and advanced high-torque motorized handpieces allow precise control while reshaping the interior portion of your tooth. 

Once the team prepares the space, they fill the chamber with a dental material. They close the access hole and fit you for a custom crown that will completely cover the treated tooth, restoring structural integrity and protecting the tooth from excess force. 

To explore the latest root canal tools and techniques in greater detail, call or book an appointment online today.