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Root Canal Treatment In Long Island NY

Root Canal Treatment On Long Island NY

Dr. Kate Brayman wants you to know that getting a root canal doesn’t have to be painfully traumatic. Contact our dental office, Kate Brayman DDS in Woodbury NY, if you have any signs of a dental infection, such as pain, sensitivity, or swollen gums. Early treatment may prevent the need for a root canal, but if one is necessary, your experience will be pain free and comfortable.

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What is a root canal?

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root canal is a type of dental procedure that targets the soft tissue inside your tooth. This soft tissue, called pulp, includes blood vessels and nerves that are housed in a canal-like area in the center of the tooth. Since it’s surrounded by hard enamel, the pulp is normally protected from bacteria. When tooth decay or an injury breaks the enamel, bacteria can travel into the pulp and cause an infection. That’s when you need dental intervention in the form of a root canal because the infected pulp won’t heal on its own.

Due to severe pain caused by infected nerves, or when the infection spreads into the gums and forms an abscess, many patients discover they need a root canal as suggested by their emergency dentist. Other signs that you may need a root canal include:

  • Sensitivity to hot or cold substances
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Tender gums
  • Pimple or bump on the gum
  • Swollen gums
  • Constant toothache

How is a root canal performed?

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The purpose of a root canal is to remove all of the pulp and infection from inside the tooth and make sure that the canal is completely clean and free of bacteria. Dr. Brayman, at her Woodbury dental clinic, uses specially designed dental tools that go through the enamel to the pulp and remove the infected soft tissue. After cleaning the canal, it’s filled with a rubbery material that supports the tooth’s structure.

If the tooth is in good shape, a natural-looking filling to cover the small opening may be all you need. However, if you’re in pain and the infection developed due to a broken or decayed tooth, it’s best to call your emergency dentist, he or she may suggest a dental crown to restore the strength and appearance of your tooth.

How long will your teeth stay healthy after a root canal?

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After a root canal, the restored tooth can last a lifetime, but several issues can arise that may require treatment. For example, the tooth may get chipped or cracked down the road, whether you got a crown or still have the natural tooth.  Also, over time, the tooth is more susceptible to damage because it’s no longer living after the pulp is removed.

Good oral hygiene is the best way to be sure the treated tooth lasts a long time. Getting a regular dental checkup every 6 months is essential to be sure plaque and tartar are cleaned away from the tooth and to be sure there aren’t any signs of a problem.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

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At Kate Brayman DDS, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our Woodbury dental office if you do not see your insurance provider listed. Please note we do not participate with DMO/HMO insurance.

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