Do you need a root canal? Watch this video by Dr. Michael J. Wei to learn more about the root canal process.
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Do you smoke or chew tobacco? You could be putting your oral health at risk. This video discusses the ramifications of tobacco usage. Cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and chewing tobacco can do more than stain your teeth. Studies show that they can lead to potentially life-threatening conditions. Tobacco can foster gum disease, a condition that recedes gums and causes tooth loss. It can also encourage the development of leukoplakia. This problem occurs when thick white patches of tissue grow on the cheeks and gums. In some cases, this type of tissue can become malignant. Oral cancer is a common outcome of tobacco usage as well, affecting the lips, mouth, and tongue.
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From detailed smile makeovers, porcelain veneers, and cosmetic tooth bonding to complex endodontic care, we can give you the oral care you need for your healthiest smile. Call (917) 720-2769 for more information.Nearly anyone can find him or herself in need of a root canal at one point or another. In fact, a root canal may be needed as part of a smile makeover to reclaim the appearance, functionality, and health of your smile. While root canals are a valuable procedure, they are largely misunderstood among the general public. Here’s a look at what happens during a root canal.
Applying Anesthetic and Preparing
Before your dentist does anything else, he or she will numb the area surrounding the tooth to be treated. This allows you to undergo root canal therapy with no pain. Your dentist will also place a dental dam around the tooth to protect it from debris and contaminants during the procedure.
Opening and Cleaning
When the treatment area is numb, your dentist will use a small drill to create an opening in the tooth so that he or she can clean the pulp out, along with any infected tissue. It is extremely important for your dentist to remove as much of this material as possible, so this part of the procedure usually requires the most time.
Filling and Sealing
Once the canal is clean, your dentist will fill the area with a special material. Sometimes, if the infection was particularly bad, a medicated material may be used first, and then the permanent material placed at a later appointment. Some teeth may require a post core for additional support. When all crevices are filled, your dentist will seal the tooth.
Teeth that have undergone root canals can be brittle, so a dental crown is usually recommended for strength. This is typically placed at a later appointment, though some dentists may complete the restoration at the time of the root canal treatment, depending on the situation.
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