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Root Canals

Concierge Dental Design

Dentists located in Financial District, New York, NY

If you've noticed sensitivity to temperature or unusual swelling in your tooth or gums, you may have a dental infection that requires a root canal. At Concierge Dental Design in the Financial District of New York City, Dr. Youngmo Kang is proud to provide his patients with a comfortable and supportive environment during their root canal procedures. Call or book an appointment online with Dr. Kang today.

Root Canals

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure to restore and save a badly damaged or infected tooth. Root canals involve removing the contaminated or damaged pulp inside of your infected tooth.

The pulp is soft tissue made up of veins, connective tissues, and nerve fibers that lay below the enamel and dentin that comprise the solid and resistant structure of your tooth.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

When one of your teeth develops a cavity in the section of your tooth below the gumline — through a crack, decay, or other cause — that cavity fills with harmful bacteria. The bacteria will continue to infect the tooth’s root.

When the pulp finally becomes infected, it often requires removal to stop the infection from spreading and to prevent the need for a tooth extraction.

Dr. Kang provides comprehensive dental exams for determining whether you require a root canal, and you should discuss any discomfort or pain with him. Symptoms to be aware of include:

  • Pain or sensitivity when biting or chewing
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Mild to severe tooth pain that may gradually radiate to your jawbone and neck
  • Swelling in your face
  • Fever

How is a root canal performed?

During a root canal procedure, Dr. Kang drills a tiny hole to access the interior of your tooth. Using small, precise tools, he removes the pulp and disinfects the inside of your tooth. Dr. Kang then fills and seals the tooth with a material called gutta percha.

Once the procedure is complete, you’ll need to return for a second appointment in order to receive a permanent crown replacement that will restore your tooth fully.

How long does it take to recover from a root canal?

Typically, you’ll be able to get back to your regular schedule immediately after a root canal treatment. You will continue to feel some tenderness in the area for a few days, and you also may experience slight jaw pain.

Like most people, you might be stressed about the possibility of needing a root canal. You can find comfort in the comprehensive and gentle care that Dr. Kang and his staff provide. If you’re experiencing pain or swelling in your tooth or gums, call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Kang.