Welcome to North Tonawanda Family Dentistry, your one-stop source for endodontics and gentle root canal therapy. If you are experiencing tooth pain or know you have tooth decay, our gentle endodontic treatment will restore your tooth and your smile.
Do you have an infected tooth that is causing you pain? Root canal treatment, also known as endodontics, is the process of treating the soft pulp of the tooth when there is an infection.
It’s a common misconception that root canal treatment is painful. It is actually the infection of the tooth that causes the pain, and root canal therapy will alleviate your discomfort.
After root canal therapy, we restore your tooth with a filling or a crown to strengthen it once again. With root canal treatment, you are in fact saving your tooth, rather than letting tooth decay lead to tooth loss.
If you need a root canal, don’t worry, the treatment is very common and can be completed quickly. First, to make you comfortable, we apply an anesthetic to the area of your tooth needing root canal therapy. Next, we make a small opening in your tooth and remove the dead, dying,
or infected pulp tissue. Finally, we sterilize and clean the chambers to prepare the tooth for a filling. We then seal the tooth to prevent further infection.
After a root canal, you may feel a little sensitivity, but this will wear off in a few days. If you need a root canal, it’s important to have it done as soon as possible. An infected tooth left untreated can lead to extensive decay, to the point where we can no longer save the tooth and will need to pull it. If you have any questions about our endodontic treatment, call our friendly team today.
If you’re feeling nervous about root canal therapy, don’t worry. We are gentle with all of our patients with every treatment we provide. Plus, root canal therapy has a bad reputation, but it is really a relatively straightforward, comfortable, and quick procedure. As for cost of treatment, we are an insurance-friendly office that also provides a dental savers plan for our uninsured patients to help save on the cost of dental care! You can also pay for your treatment with a payment plan using CareCredit, a patient financing card with zero-interest for a set number of months. For help deciding which financial option is right for you, call us today at (716) 692-2273.
It may be hard to tell if you have an infected tooth and need a root canal. Everyone can develop different signs and symptoms, but we’ve listed some of the most common indicators of tooth infection. It’s important to remember we can’t properly diagnose you unless we can exam your tooth.
If you think you may have a tooth infection or you’re still unsure, schedule an appointment as soon as possible so we can address your issue before it potentially worsens.
The idea that root canal therapy is painful is a common misconception. In fact, root canals don’t cause tooth pain, they actually relieve it. With the help of advanced technology and anesthetics, most patients report their root canal experience as stress-free with little to no discomfort.
A typical root canal procedure can be completed in around 1-2 hours. However, the length of the procedure depends on each individual patient, their dental health, and if they’re getting more than one root canal done. After your consultation, we’ll be able to provide you with an accurate time estimate for your treatment.
Once the damaged pulp is removed and the inside of your tooth is clean, we’ll fill in the small hole. We use a special permanent filling called gutta-percha and seal it with tooth cement. Depending on the tooth, we may put a crown on top of the tooth for added strength and support.
We may prescribe antibiotics, pain medications, or anti-inflammatories depending on your situation. Every patient is unique, so we’ll decide on any medications based on your dental needs.
When your root canal is complete, we’ll send you home with some instructions and guidelines to ensure a smooth healing process. You’ll notice the medication used to numb the area will start to wear off and when it does, you may experience some tooth sensitivity or have a toothache. However, these are normal, temporary symptoms that can be treated with pain medication or hot and cold compresses.