What is a Root Canal?

Patients with cavities and tooth decay can receive root canal treatment in Dr. Pamela Doray‘s Philadelphia, PA dental office. A root canal is a dental procedure done to remove infected dental pulp, a mass of nerves, tissues, and blood vessels found in the inner chamber of a tooth. Root canals are needed when a tooth infection is severe enough to affect the health of one or more teeth. Removing the dental pulp can help preserve the bone and prevent total tooth loss.

Root Canal in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

What is the Root Canal Procedure Like?

Dr. Doray begins treatment by using a local anesthetic to numb the tooth. She will make a small opening in the tooth to access the pulp chamber. Then, she removes the infected pulp and cleans the inside of the tooth. Finally, she seals the tooth with a dental filling to prevent future infection. Dr. Doray may cover the treated tooth with a dental crown to add durability and help restore the dental structure. Tooth crowns can also lessen the chance of reinfection and protect weakened teeth.

How To Spot and Prevent Dental Infections

Tooth infections and cavities are often marked by:

  • Tooth sensitivity to temperature
  • Tender and swollen lymph nodes
  • Swollen gums
  • Toothaches
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Fever

The best way to prevent a dental infection is to visit the dentist every six months. At routine visits, our dental hygienists thoroughly clean the teeth and gums. Dr. Doray and her professional team also take note of any developing dental problems so they can be treated as soon as possible. We also encourage patients to continue to brush and floss their teeth and gums at least twice a day at home. Regular dental visits and routine oral hygiene are the best preventative measures against infections, cavities, decay, and other common dental issues.

Contact Our Dental Office

Prevent tooth loss and further infection with root canal treatment provided by Dr. Doray. Her dentist office rivals other dentist Philadelphia has to offer. If you are a new patient, call our Philadelphia dental office today at (215) 395-6076. Current patients can contact our office at (215) 772-3100. You may also schedule a dental appointment on our website.