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Dr. Lokesh C. Rao, D.D.S.

Dentist

Dr. Lokesh Rao graduated from New York University College of Dentistry with a Doctorate in Dental Surgery. He completed a general practice residency at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx where he also ...
17 years Experience
Dr. Lokesh C. Rao, D.D.S.
  • Yonkers, NY
  • Union College
  • Accepting new patients

What happens if I don't go for my root canal?

1st off, are you in pain or were you in pain with respect to this tooth? If so, then you give the bacteria a chance to ramp things up and make your life miserable. If not, but READ MORE
1st off, are you in pain or were you in pain with respect to this tooth? If so, then you give the bacteria a chance to ramp things up and make your life miserable. If not, but you have a deep restoration, then there is also a chance the nerve can become inflamed and also make things miserable. Bottom line, you need to call the dentist that referred you for the root canal to get your final answer. There is not enough room here to explain the consequences and I do not know the full history of the tooth in question. Better to be out of pain than to be in pain. If the root canal is done right and you don't wait for an infection to develop, then you should be in pain. Hope this helps.

Will my increased sugar levels cause a problem to treat my gum disease?

YES. Decreased ability to heal. Talk to your endocrinologist or internist and a dietician to get some type of plan to reduce your blood sugar. Get frequent cleanings to control READ MORE
YES. Decreased ability to heal. Talk to your endocrinologist or internist and a dietician to get some type of plan to reduce your blood sugar. Get frequent cleanings to control the plaque around your teeth and gums (3-4 times per year).

How is a tooth extraction determined?

Unfortunately, you procrastinating is the the very reason why you may need an extraction. The pain most likely started due to decay in your teeth. If left untreated, the decay READ MORE
Unfortunately, you procrastinating is the the very reason why you may need an extraction. The pain most likely started due to decay in your teeth. If left untreated, the decay spreads. If the decay gets too close to the bone, then you have to decide if the tooth is worth saving. If you have to remove bone to save it, you may want to consider an implant. Ideally, you should have gone to the dentist when you first felt a little tingle in your tooth and then go in for regular check-ups every 4-6 months.