Root Canal Specialist

Tala Dental Care

Nataliya Safonova, DDS

General Dentistry located in Midwood, Brooklyn, NY

Men and women who learn they need a root canal often become anxious over the procedure in anticipation. Thankfully, expert dentist Natalia Safonova, DDS, removes all the anxiety and discomfort from a root canal procedure. Located in Brooklyn, New York, serving the Midwood area, the experienced dental team at Tala Dental Care P.C. performs root canals on a routine basis. If you have any hesitations about getting a root canal, give the office a call or schedule an appointment online.

Root Canal Q & A

Do I need a root canal?

The goal of a root canal is to alleviate pain and save an infected tooth. When the inside of your tooth is severely infected or decayed, Dr. Safonova at Tala Dental Care P.C. extracts any dying or dead tissue and bacteria from the tooth's interior. This way, she can save your tooth and help ease your pain.


What causes the root of a tooth to become infected?

Tissue and roots inside of your teeth can get infected with bacteria due to injury to the tooth or from a cavity that remains untreated for too long. The infected tissue can develop inside the pulp or root of your tooth if you neglect to go to Dr. Safonova. If the infection develops any further, this can lead to many other issues, so make sure you seek help.


What does an infected tooth look and feel like?

An infected tooth can cause pain very quickly, particularly if you don't address it soon enough. Infected tooth symptoms might include:

  • Inflamed gums
  • Tooth soreness while chewing
  • Intense tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Smelly, bad breath
  • Pus coming from around the tooth
  • Painful aching in your mouth or jaw
  • Tooth darkening in color
  • A small pimple-like bump on your gum


What is the procedure for a root canal?

Most often, Dr. Safonova completes the treatment in one or two appointments. You may need digital X-rays taken so that the full extent of the tooth damage can be evaluated before the root canal is performed.

At your appointment, Dr. Safonova at Tala Dental Care P.C. uses a needle to numb the area with a local anesthetic. If needed, she places a small layer of rubber, or dental dam, around the tooth to safeguard it and keep it sanitary throughout the process. Once your tooth is anesthetized, Dr. Safonova forms a minuscule hole in your tooth to access the area of infection inside the root.

Then, Dr. Safonova clears away the unhealthy and infected pulp, then irrigates the area with water to clean it. After all diseased matter is gone, Dr. Safonova either seals the tooth or inserts a non-permanent filling to shield the tooth until you return for a permanent crown.

If you show any signs or symptoms of a tooth infection, call Tala Dental Care P.C. or schedule a consultation online.