Root Canals Specialist

Joni R. Marcus, DMD -  - General Dentistry

Total Dental Care

Joni R. Marcus, DMD

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Philadelphia, PA

Each of your teeth has nerves inside of it, deep in the inner layer called the pulp. If the pulp becomes inflamed or infected, extreme pain can be the result. At Total Dental Care in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Harold Marcus, DDS, Joni Marcus, DMD, and the dental team perform root canals to remove the pulp and relieve your pain. To find out if you’re in need of a root canal, call Total Dental Care to make an appointment today.

Root Canals Q & A

What are root canals?

Root canals are general dental procedures that you might need to cure an infected or inflamed tooth. Specifically, you need a root canal if the inside soft layer of pulp, which consists of nerves, tissues, and blood vessels, gets damaged or diseased. 

To begin your root canal, your dentist at Total Dental Care creates a small opening in the surface of your tooth. They can access the pulp through the opening with tiny specialized instruments. They use these to remove the damaged or infected parts of the pulp from the inner space within your tooth. Then, they thoroughly clean and sanitize the inside before filling it with a rubbery material.

At a second appointment, the team places a crown over the tooth to restore its strength. Between these appointments, you must tell your dentist if your tooth pain or sensitivity returns. You should also eat soft foods during this time to avoid a tooth fracture. 

How do I know when I need a root canal?

The need for a root canal comes with numerous glaring signs and symptoms that you can’t ignore after a while. You should speak with your dentist about the possibility of needing a root canal if you notice these signs and symptoms:

  • Severe toothache
  • Worsening toothache when you bite down
  • A dark-colored tooth
  • Gum swelling and tenderness
  • Pimples on your gums
  • Lingering tooth sensitivity after extreme temperatures

In a few cases, the infected or inflamed pulp comes with no discernible signs or symptoms. That’s why it’s important to attend your regular exams and cleanings, where your dentist can identify a problem that isn’t causing you any pain. If you’re in a traumatic accident or get hit in the mouth, your tooth may be at risk of requiring a root canal. 

What does a root canal feel like?

Many people think that root canals are terribly painful procedures that they should try to avoid at all costs. In reality, most root canals are about as uncomfortable as a standard dental filling. The team at Total Dental Care may offer you local anesthesia to ensure that you can’t feel the procedure, even if the nerve inside your tooth is dead and doesn’t feel sensations. 

As you recover, you likely won’t need more than an over-the-counter pain reliever to reduce your discomfort. However, you’ll likely be in less pain after the procedure than when you started. 

To find out if you have a tooth that needs root canal therapy, call Total Dental Care to make an appointment today.