Dear valued patients:

Due to recent recommendations from the CDC and mandates from the State of Pennsylvania, our office will be closed effective immediately to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Your health, and the health of our dedicated staff matters to us, so going forward we will suspend all non-emergency care through May 31st. Patients will be seen only for urgent and emergency dental needs. If you have what you consider an emergency, please call the office and you will be directed to reach Dr. Spilkia. If you are scheduled for an appointment in the upcoming weeks, expect a call from us to reschedule that appointment.

Thank you for your understanding. Be safe and stay healthy!
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How is a root canal treatment in Philadelphia, PA performed?

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In a root canal treatment, the dentist completely removes the dental pulp to eliminate infection, relieve pain, and preserve the exterior structure of your tooth. The dentist will properly clean and seal the inside tooth after gently removing the nerve and pulp. A lack of proper treatment may infect the tissue surrounding the tooth, thereby causing the formation of abscesses.

The pulp does not play any vital function in managing the health of the tooth after it emerges out of the gums. The nerve only performs a sensory function, which helps the tooth in experiencing the sensation of hot or cold. In other words, the presence or absence of the nerve does not influence the normal function of your tooth.

Dr. David Spilkia (David Spilkia Family & Cosmetic Dentistry) provides safe, proven, and effective root canal treatment in Philadelphia, PA to suitable candidates.

Root Canal Treatment

You may need to visit your dentist once or twice for the root canal treatment. You may choose a dentist on two factors – their expertise and the difficulty level of the required root canal procedure for your tooth. Remember to choose an experienced and qualified practitioner for your dental root canal treatment.

The treatment begins with an X-ray that the dentist needs to observe the current shape of your root canal. The X-ray helps the dentist in identifying the signs of infection, if any, in the surrounding bone. Next, the dentist numbs the area. Anesthetizing the area ensures that the patient stays relaxed and at ease.

Your dentist will place a sheet of rubber or a rubber dam around the tooth to keep the area dry and free of saliva during the treatment. After that, the dentist will drill a hole into the tooth for removing the pulp, bacteria, nerve, and related debris. Your dentist will use root canal files to complete the cleaning process.

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Finally, the dentist will thoroughly disinfect and seal the tooth. Your dentist may fill the interior of your tooth in the next appointment. At this step, your dentist places gutta-percha into the root canal. The filling helps in closing the exterior access hole created at the start of the treatment.

The treatment ends with further tooth restoration. A root canal is normally performed for a tooth having a large filling or an extensive decay or some other weakness. For this reason, the tooth usually requires a crown to protect it and prevent eventual breaking. Also, the restoration helps in completely restoring the natural full function of the tooth.

Post-Treatment Recovery

Your tooth may feel sensitive for the initial few days after the root canal treatment. You may experience natural tissue inflammation caused by prior pain or infection. Your dentist may recommend mild pain medications for controlling the discomfort or sensitivity. However, most patients resume normal activities either the same day or very next day.

Success Rate of Root Canal Treatment

Dr. David Spilkia (David Spilkia Family & Cosmetic Dentistry) provides safe, proven, and effective root canal treatment in Philadelphia, PA to suitable candidates.

The success rate for the root canal treatment is over 95 perceent. However, remember to select an experienced practitioner for root canal treatment to ensure safe and predictable results. Nowadays, advanced dental instruments and techniques are used for creating precise, sustainable tooth restorations with minimal invasion.

A tooth can last a lifetime with a root canal treatment. In the last step of the root canal procedure, a restoration such as a crown is applied, which further enhances the longevity of the tooth.

Prevention of Root Canal

Sometimes you experience infection and inflammation in the nerve of your tooth because of large fillings, deep decay, or repeated dental procedures. You should practice good oral hygiene by flossing regularly, brushing your teeth at least twice a day, and scheduling regular visits to the dentist. Wearing a mouth guard during sports activities for reducing the risk of trauma originating from a sports-related injury is also recommended.

 

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Dr. David Spilkia - David Spilkia Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

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Dr. David Spilkia has been attending to the dental needs of the communities of Philadelphia, PA for almost three decades and is trusted by his patients. Having started his education at The City College of New York and graduating from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1983, he practiced dentistry for a few years, before starting the David Spilkia Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in 1988.

Among the range of cosmetic and general dentistry procedures provided by Dr. Spilkia are restorative dentistry, dental implants, smile makeovers, and Invisalign orthodontics.
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