Root Canals in Allentown, PA
At Evolve Dental Care, we understand that root canal treatment has a pretty bad reputation. But we’d like you to know that today’s root canal treatment is more comfortable and efficient than ever before.
It’s understandable that you may be anxious. But you will be surprised how much easier your treatment will be with a team of dental professionals who genuinely care about your concerns. Our soothing, gentle approach to all your treatments ensures that root canal treatment at our Emmaus, PA dental office will be the most comfortable you’ve ever experienced.
If you are in pain or suspect you need a root canal, please call us right away at (610) 797-8245. We will make arrangements to see you the same day to provide the relief you need.
- Are root canals painful?
- Why do I need a root canal?
- What are some symptoms of a root canal infection?
- How stressful is a root canal?
- What happens during a root canal?
- How can you help me relax during a root canal?
- What happens to a tooth if I don’t get a root canal?
- Why do I need a dental crown after a root canal?
- Can’t you just extract the tooth instead of doing a root canal?
- How long does it take to recover from root canal treatment?
Are root canals painful?
Root canals don’t cause pain; they relieve it. You go to your dentist because you have a toothache, and when you leave, the pain is gone.
Unfortunately, the pain they had when they arrived for treatment is what most patients remember about the procedure.
Our team performs gentle root canals in Emmaus, PA that patients remember as being more comfortable and far less complicated than they imagined. You can rely on the experience of our skilled doctors to perform stress-free root canals that eliminate your discomfort and preserve the health of your tooth.
We can also minimize any anxiety you might feel by offering gentle nitrous oxide sedation. Time will seem to fly by during your procedure, and you will remember little or nothing about it when it’s over. After the appointment, you will be able to resume your usual daily activities with no lingering side effects.
Putting off a root canal can ultimately result in tooth loss. Please call us for an appointment so we can provide the critical care you need to save your smile
Why do I need a root canal?
Your tooth is made up of a hard outer layer of dental enamel, a more porous layer beneath the enamel called dentin, and a soft tissue under the dentin called pulp. The pulp contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue and helps grow the root of your tooth during development.
If a tooth is compromised, either by decay, gum disease, or trauma, this interior portion of the tooth may become infected. In most cases, your first indication will be intense pain that doesn’t subside.
When our Emmaus, PA dentists perform a root canal, they clear away the infected tissue to relieve your pain and save the tooth. If you don’t have the procedure done, tooth extraction will be our only option to protect your oral health.
What are some symptoms of a root canal infection?
Some indications that you may have an infected tooth are:
- Severe pain when biting down
- Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Swelling or tenderness of gums
- Darkening or discoloration of the tooth
- A pimple or raised bump on the gums
If you notice any of these symptoms, please call Evolve Dental Care, so we can see you as soon as possible to find out what’s happening.
How stressful is a root canal?
You’ve heard the stories, and now that your dentist told you that you need a root canal, you wonder if the procedure is as stressful as friends say it is.
Many decades ago when dentists performed root canals, they were limited to the instruments and techniques that were available at the time. This often resulted in a lengthy procedure that was not all that comfortable.
Recognizing that this was not what they wanted for their patients, dentists set out to do everything possible to improve the experience.
Digital x-rays produce images that allow us to precisely plan the procedure, so it is as efficient as possible. Dentists like Dr. Amir and Dr. Sunny pursue advanced training in endodontics to ensure that you receive the most updated care available. We also use the latest in long-lasting anesthetics to ensure that you’re entirely numb throughout your procedure. For even greater comfort, we offer nitrous oxide sedation at our Emmaus, PA dental office to help you relax.
What happens during a root canal?
When you arrive at Evolve Dental Care for your appointment, we will help you get settled comfortably in your dental chair. Next, we will numb your mouth with a local anesthetic so you won’t feel any pain.
When we’re confident that you’re numb, Dr. Amir or Dr. Sunny starts the procedure by making a small access hole in your tooth. We use specialized instruments to remove the infected tissue from the interior of the tooth. It’s essential to take our time with this step to ensure that we remove every trace of infection.
Next, we carefully clean, disinfect, and seal the opening. It may be possible to place a filling on the tooth after a root canal, but in most cases, we’ll recommend a dental crown to protect and strengthen it. After restoration, your tooth will function just like any other tooth.
How can you help me relax during a root canal?
Dr. Amir and Dr. Sunny are both skilled doctors who have performed hundreds of stress-free root canals at our Emmaus, PA dental office. Our caring team has assisted in many root canal procedures and are sympathetic to your concerns. We’ll do everything we can to make sure you’re completely comfortable during and after your treatment.
Aside from our gentle approach, we’re pleased to offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to our anxious patients. This mild sedation will help you stay calm through your appointment. You can sit back and relax while we restore your tooth to perfect health. When your appointment’s over, you’ll be able to resume your normal activities as nitrous has no after-effects.
What happens to a tooth if I don’t get a root canal?
If we don't treat inflammation or infection of the pulp, the pain will worsen, and the infection will continue to spread. Once it reaches a certain point, the only way to relieve your pain and preserve the health of surrounding teeth is to remove the tooth.
Tooth extraction is always a last resort, which is why we encourage you not to postpone a root canal procedure.
Why do I need a dental crown after a root canal?
We need to protect a root canaled tooth needs because we’ve cleaned out the tissue inside it. This leaves just the outer shell of the tooth which becomes dry, brittle, and prone to breakage.
That’s why we recommend covering the tooth with a dental crown. Because it is stronger than the enamel it's protecting, the crown preserves the structural integrity of the tooth.
Can’t you extract the tooth instead of doing a root canal?
Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime. In dentistry, our goal is to preserve the structure of a tooth wherever possible. Even though your tooth is dead after the root canal, you can still benefit from having its structure.
Extraction is a last-resort procedure because the loss of a tooth can lead to numerous oral health problems. If at some point you decide to have the tooth replaced, you will face the expense of a dental bridge, dental implant, or partial denture to restore function and appearance.
In the hands of experienced dentists like Dr. Amir and Dr. Sunny, a root canal at our Emmaus, PA is a straightforward procedure and nothing to fear. If you’re in pain and think you need a root canal, please call us so we can get you the care you need and save the tooth.
How long does it take to recover from root canal treatment?
As the local anesthetic wears off, you may feel some mild pain or soreness in the area, but this should last for only a day or two. Avoid chewing on hard foods in the first couple of days after your procedure which could intensify any discomfort.
However, the majority of our patients report that taking over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen is all they needed for relief.