Root Canals Specialist

Glenmont Dental

Dentist located in Glenmont, NY

If you have severe tooth pain, sensitivity, or signs of infection, you might need a root canal. Michael Conte, DDS, at Glenmont Dental in Glenmont, New York, performs root canals to relieve your pain, restore the damaged areas of your tooth, and save it from an extraction. Schedule a visit to the practice for an exam by calling and speaking with a friendly team member.

Root Canals Q & A

What are root canals?

Your tooth has a soft inner core called dental pulp, which runs all the way down to the root. It houses blood, nerves, and tissues. When bacteria gets in it through a cavity or crack, you can get an infection or an abscess. 

If your condition goes untreated, the infection can cause bone loss and even the loss of your tooth. Root canals clean out the affected area, restoring and protecting the integrity of your tooth. 

At Glenmont Dental, Dr. Conte can evaluate the condition of your tooth and recommend the right treatment for you.

Why do I need a root canal?

Dr. Conte examines your tooth with an X-ray to determine if you need a root canal. Signs that you’re experiencing severe decay or infection include:

  • Severe tooth pain
  • Swollen gums
  • Bumpy gums around the affected tooth
  • A hole in your tooth
  • Swelling in your jawline
  • Sensitivity to different temperatures of foods and drinks

See Dr. Conte as soon as possible if you experience symptoms. A root canal can stop your pain and save your tooth.

What happens during a root canal?

Before your procedure, Dr. Conte talks to you about what to expect before, during, and after. He can also answer your questions.

Many people tend to feel apprehensive when hearing they need a root canal. At Glenmont Dental, Dr. Conte keeps you comfortable and at ease, so you don’t need to worry.

To begin your treatment, you’re given a local anesthetic to ensure you have a pain-free experience. Once the affected area is numb, Dr. Conte uses small dental tools to make an opening in the crown of your tooth to get access to the infected pulp.

He then removes the infection, cleans the area, dries it, and fills it with a rubber-like substance to protect it. The last step is to put a crown over your tooth to keep it strong.

What’s the after-care for root canals?

After your procedure, your tooth and gums might feel sore for a few days. Dr. Conte might prescribe antibiotics to ward off the chance of any infection. You can also take over-the-counter pain medications if you need them.

If you’re showing any signs of a tooth infection, call Dr. Conte at Glenmont Dental today.