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Root canals are designed to relieve pain immediately and to prevent future episodes of infection or inflammation in the future. If you think you might need a root canal in Hudson Valley, our dental practice can provide practical answers to your questions and the best options for your needs.

We work with you to diagnose your condition and to recommend the best treatments for your particular situation. If you are currently experiencing pain and swelling in your gums or jaw, call our office today to schedule an appointment with our team.

What Problems Do Root Canals Fix?

At the center of each of your teeth is the pulp, which consists of soft tissue, blood vessels and nerves. When the roots or pulp of your teeth are infected, inflamed or injured, pressure can build up inside your tooth and may cause swelling at the base and pain inside the tooth as the pressure impacts nerve endings. Root canals typically are used to remove all of the pulp, connective tissue, blood vessels and nerve endings to prevent pain and to promote the greatest longevity for your natural teeth.

How Will I Know That I Need a Root Canal?

Most patients who require root canals experience some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Deep, visible cavities and discoloration of tooth enamel
  • Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures or to pressure
  • Persistent and severe pain originating from the tooth or jaw
  • Tooth pain that causes you to awaken at night
  • Swelling of the tissues around the tooth or at the jaw

Calling our office right away will help you to address these issues quickly and to ensure the fastest possible relief from pain for you and your family members when infections, abscesses or other issues cause discomfort.

What Kind of Dentist Performs Root Canals?

Our general dentistry team can perform root canals in nearly all cases. If you need the services of a specialty root canal dentist, however, we can recommend or provide you with the services of an endodontist who performs these procedures on a regular basis and who has the advanced training needed to ensure the best outcomes for you. Working with an endodontist may be somewhat more expensive. For complex cases, however, an experienced endodontist may be the best choice for your surgery.

What Can You Expect During the Root Canal Procedure?

Root canals typically begin with the application of anesthesia, which may be general or local depending on your preferences and the recommendations of your dentist. Your tooth will be separated from other parts of your mouth with a small dental shield. A hole will be drilled into the top of the tooth to allow your dentist to extract the pulp and other tissue from inside the tooth and its roots. Once the tissue has been removed, your dentist will irrigate the inside of the tooth and use fluids to rinse away any remaining debris, bone fragments, tissue and nerve endings and to disinfect the entire interior of the tooth. Gutta-percha is used to fill in the empty spaces, and a root canal crown is applied to protect the integrity of the tooth.

What Is the Average Root Canal Cost?

Your root canal will vary in cost depending on the location of the tooth, the amount of preparation needed for your procedure and the type of dental insurance you have. Our dentists will provide you with an accurate estimate of your costs and will work with your insurance company to make sure that you pay as little out of pocket for your dental care as possible. This will help you to manage the cost of your care in the most practical way and will ensure that you receive the best treatment for your teeth and your budget in the Hudson Valley area.

What Types of Root Canals Are Provided?

Depending on your needs, you may require a standard root canal or a more advanced dental root canal. Apicoectomy procedures, for example, are designed specifically to help patients who have had failed root canals in the past. Children are suitable candidates for a pediatric pulpotomy, which removes the infected pulp from the tooth while leaving nerve tissue intact for the future. Whatever your needs, we will work with you to determine the best course of action for your teeth and your family.

Preparing for Your Dental Root Canal Treatment

Our team is committed to providing you with the best and most practical solutions for all your dental care needs. We will work with you to determine the best options for your routine and urgent dental needs by admitting you to our office and performing an initial examination. Give us a call today to discuss your requirements with our team of dental experts. We look forward to the opportunity to serve your dental needs now and in the future.

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