Root Canals

Truth & Laughter Dentistry

Asma Muzaffar, DDS, MPH, MS

General Dentistry located in Midtown, New York City, NY

Nobody wants to lose a tooth because of a minor infection. Fortunately, there are ways to save a tooth that might be at risk of severe damage. At Truth & Laughter Dentistry in New York City, New York, Dr. Asma Muzaffar provides root canal treatments for adults and children dealing with severe tooth pain. A timely root canal treatment can save your tooth and prevent an infection from spreading - that's why Dr. Muzaffar offers appointments to fit emergency situations after work hours and on weekends. Learn more about root canal therapy by calling the practice, or schedule an appointment online.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal?

Getting a root canal isn’t as painful or as stressful as most people think. This common procedure can help restore the health of a tooth that has damaged or infected pulp. The pulp is the soft, living tissue that lies beneath the white enamel of each tooth.

An infection occurs in the pulp of the tooth because of excessive decay, an abscess deep below the gum line, or an injury to the mouth. Root canal treatment cleans out the infection and restores the tooth to its natural condition.

What are the signs I need a root canal?

Many men and women who experience severe tooth pain end up needing a root canal because the pain is a sign of an infection inside the tooth. Other signs you might need a root canal include:

  • Swollen gums around only one tooth
  • Inflammation and redness
  • Pus around the base of one tooth
  • Metallic taste in the mouth
  • Extreme tooth sensitivity

It's important not to wait when a root canal is needed. Dr. Asma Muzaffar has availability for emergency situations in the evenings during the week and all day over the weekend.

What happens during the root canal procedure?

Dr. Asma Muzaffar has performed countless root canal procedures over her career and has more than 10 years of experience working with younger patients. She helps patients relax and get relief from dental anxiety using caring and a holistic approach.

The first step of the root canal procedure is to numb the area around the affected tooth. Dr. Muzaffar will ensure the area is completely numb before using a small drill to open the crown of your tooth. This will allow her to access the inner pulp.

Dr. Muzaffar then removes the infected pulp from the root canals and pulp chamber. After the infected pulp is removed, she will disinfect the area and fill the space with gutta-percha -- a natural and biocompatible filling material.

Once the infection has been eliminated and the tooth has been filled, Dr. Muzaffar will seal the tooth and fit you for a crown or another restoration piece. This will enable the proper function of your tooth, and restore its original appearance.

What happens after a root canal procedure?

The tooth might feel a little sensitive and the gums may still be swollen, but any discomfort will resolve within a few days. Dr. Muzaffar will provide specific post-op instructions to ensure your tooth heals properly. You may need to refrain from eating certain foods and avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where the infection was.

Once the tooth is healed, it’s even more important to practice good dental hygiene with regular brushing, flossing, and dental cleanings.

If you are experiencing tooth pain and want to learn more about the root canal procedure, call the practice or schedule an appointment online.