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Dr. Karen Lawitts

100 Intrepid Lane
Syracuse, NY 13205

(315) 492-8138
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By Drs Lawitts
July 12, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Root CanalA root canal is a procedure for restoring teeth that are seriously damaged due to infection. When the pulpy material at the center of a tooth becomes infected, the infection can spread down through the root and form an abscess below the tooth, which can facilitate the spread of the infection to other areas of the mouth. The root canal procedure removes the infection, restores the tooth, and eliminates the need for extraction. Dr. Karen Lawitts are your dentists for root canals in Syracuse, NY.

Root Canal Signs

There are several signs you may need a root canal. For instance, experiencing sharp pain when biting into and chewing foods is an indication you may need a root canal. Other signs include a persistent toothache or mouth pain. In general, pain or sensitivity can signal a tooth is infected. If left untreated, the infection can spread to other areas of the mouth, including other teeth, the gums, and even the jaw bone. Your Syracuse dentist can advise you if a root canal is needed. Signs a root canal might be needed include:

  • Persistent toothache
  • Constant mouth pain or pressure
  • Sharp pain when biting and chewing food
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold substances

Root Canal Procedure

The procedure for a root canal is similar to filling a cavity. All infected pulp inside the tooth and root is removed. If an abscess has formed below the tooth, it might be treated at this time as well. The interior of the tooth and root are then cleaned to ensure no signs of infection remain. A dental filling is then used to fill the tooth back in. Filling the tooth restores and strengthens it, and prevents infection from developing in that area again. Once the root canal procedure is complete, normal tooth functioning can resume without pain, discomfort, or sensitivity.

Benefits of a Root Canal

There are several benefits to having a root canal procedure performed on an infected or damaged tooth. A root canal offers the following benefits:

  • Prevent extraction
  • Preserve teeth
  • Strengthen teeth
  • Alleviate tooth pain and sensitivity
  • Restore normal tooth functioning
  • Stop the spread of infection

There are several signs you may need a root canal, including a severe toothache, constant pressure in the mouth, or tooth sensitivity. To find out if you need a root canal, schedule an appointment with Dr. Lawitts, your dentists in Syracuse, NY, by calling their dental practice at (315) 492-8138.


Dr. Karen Lawitts

Dr. Karen Lawitts



Dr. Lawitts was born and raised in Syracuse, NY. She received her Bachelor of Science and D.D.S degree from Northwestern University in Chicago.  
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