What We Do
A dentist that has undergone at least 2 years of specialized postgraduate training can be qualified as an endodontist. They can then help treat dental pulp diseases and supporting structures, including diagnosing facial pain and other related problems. In addition to providing treatment, endodontists also educate patients on why treatment is required, what treatment involves, and what can be done to ensure the greatest possible outcome.
Endodontics is a dental specialty that involves treating diseases of the dental pulp and the supporting structures. Endodontists possess special post-graduate training and are experienced in diagnosing the causes of oral and facial pain.
General dentists often refer patients to an endodontist when cases are complicated or more difficult to address.
In order for endodontic treatment to be understood, patients must know their dental anatomy. A tooth consists of several layers, including the outside layer, or enamel. This surface layer is supported by the dentin, which protects the soft tissue in the center (known as the pulp).
Located in the pulp are a number of blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue that forms the surrounding dentin and enamel during tooth development. The pulp obtains nutrients from vessels entering the end of the root. The pulp is highly important during tooth growth, but not for function. Even after pulp removal, the tooth will continue to receive nourishment by the tissues.
Why is Endodontic treatment important?
Endodontics becomes necessary when the pulp experiences infection or inflammation. Frequent reasons for inflammation or infection include deep cavities, repeated dental procedures, cracked teeth, or chips, Trauma can also be a cause for inflammation and tooth discoloration. Without sufficient treatment, this can lead to pain and abscess.
How does Endodontic treatment benefit me?
The Endodontist will remove any inflamed or infected pulp, then cleans the canal system and seals the prepared space. The majority of the treatment can be completed in one or two appointments. Upon the conclusion of the procedure, your dentist may schedule an additional visit for permanent reconstruction. The restoration of the tooth is important because the cleaned canals are sealed, protecting them from additional infection.
Is the Procedure Painful?
Patients seek endodontic treatment such as root canal because of tooth pain. Thanks to the advantages of modern aesthetics, the procedure is mostly pain-free. Early treatment can result in a more comfortable procedure. It is not recommended to wait until the problem progresses to the point where more invasive procedures are required. Patients may experience sensitivity to bites after a few days, but they will disappear on their own.
Where to Find
A New York City Endodontist can assist you in recovering a full, complete smile. We serve patients in the Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and general NYC area. Schedule your appointment by calling NYC Endodontics today.