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Root Canal Therapy – West Seneca, NY

Stopping Pain and Saving Teeth


When severe decay or damage affect a tooth, root canal therapy is the last option before its extraction is necessary. While root canals are associated with being severely painful, options in anesthesia and sedation make the process a breeze. Keep reading to learn more about root canal therapy in West Seneca, NY available from the team at Applegate Dental.

Why Choose Applegate Dental for Root Canal Therapy?

  • Sedation Options for Soothing Pain
  • High Quality Crowns
  • Expert Dental Team That Cares

Root Canals Defined

Animated inside of a tooth before root canal treatment

Root canal is a phrase that most patients dread hearing. When it comes to root canal therapy, we have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that root canal therapy is really no more painful than other restorative treatments like dental crown placement or fillings, but the bad news is the infection of the pulp which houses the dental nerve that leads to root canals is extremely painful. Root canals are necessary when dental trauma or decay reaches the innermost layer of the teeth known as the pulp. Warning signs that you may need a root canal include:

  • Severe toothache – both constant throbbing and sporadic sharp pains are reported
  • Sensitivity to temperature – lingering pain or aching when tooth is exposed to hot or cold foods and beverages
  • Dental discoloration – darkening of a specific tooth usually near the gum line
  • Infection in the gums – if gums around one specific tooth are swollen, oozing, or irritated, that tooth may need root canal therapy
  • If you notice one or more of these concerns, contact us right away. We’ll remove the damaged pulp, refill the tooth, and typically place a dental crown to reseal and protect the root canal treated tooth.

Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

Man in need of root canal therapy holding jaw

Root canal therapy is necessary when infection or decay has reached the pulp of the tooth, or the part commonly referred to as the “nerve.” An untreated cavity will continue to decay until it reaches the pulp. A crack or break in the tooth allows bacteria to seep into its interior, causing infection.

Your tooth’s pulp may be infected if you experience sensitivity to heat, cold, or sweets, or if you feel pain when you bite down on the tooth. A tooth requiring root canal therapy often becomes discolored, and a pimple-like bump may form on the gum below the tooth. Do not delay seeking treatment if you suspect you have a decayed or infected tooth.

What Happens During Root Canal Therapy?

Animated root canal therapy process

The length of your root canal depends on the severity of your infection. Your dentist may prescribe antibiotic therapy to begin healing before the endodontic treatment. Most root canals are completed in one to two visits.

Many people associate root canal therapy with discomfort, but it is usually the pain leading up to the procedure that causes the real issue. With anesthesia and sedation available at Applegate Dental, you are sure to relax your way through your endodontic treatment.

To begin the procedure, your dentist will administer local anesthesia to numb the area. Then the interior of the tooth is reached through a small hole, and all infected tissue is carefully removed. Once the tooth has been cleaned out and disinfected, it is refilled.

In the same visit or a follow up appointment, a temporary/permanent crown or filling is placed to restore the strength of the tooth and prevent further decay.

Your dentist will discuss your treatment plan with you in depth, including how long you can expect it to take, and whether or not you will need to wear a temporary restoration.

Following Your Root Canal

Smiling man in dental chair after root canal therapy

If your root canal is carried out over two visits to the dentist, you will wear a temporary filling between appointments. Be careful with this restoration, as it was not meant to withstand extreme force or pressure. Try to limit chewing to the other side of your mouth, and avoid chewy, sticky, and crunchy foods altogether until your tooth has been completely restored.

Right after your root canal, you will experience the side effects common to any oral procedure. Follow your doctor’s directions carefully to minimize bleeding, swelling, and discomfort. Take all pain medication as prescribed and maintain a nutritious soft foods diet until you feel comfortable eating regularly again.

Questions? Contact Us Today

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If you have questions regarding a recent or upcoming root canal, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Applegate Dental. And don’t forget you can prevent tooth decay with regular visits to the dentist! Request an appointment for a preventive checkup and cleaning today.