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June 2016

You Really Do Need That Root Canal

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Pain doesn’t always accompany a serious medical condition. While most people realize that they should get medical help if they are suffering from constant pain, it can be harder to figure out what to do when you can’t tell anything is wrong, especially when the discomfort occurs for a long period of time. After all, everyone feels a bit of discomfort from time to time, right?

In reality, that dull twinge when you chew on a candy bar or that flash of pain when you drink a glass of cold water may be the early warning signs of serious trouble for your teeth. Modern dentistry can reveal a lot more about the state of your mouth than you may be able to feel. Even if you do feel something, you may be inclined to think it is less serious than it actually is. Many people believe that if it isn’t completely derailing their ability to function, dental work can be put off.

Get Your Teeth Checked Regularly

If your dentist has referred you to NYC Endo, it means that your tooth or teeth are in very real trouble. Remember that teeth cannot repair themselves. Tooth decay and cracked teeth will only continue to get worse. If you have a damaged and dying nerve, it will not heal itself overnight. In fact, as the condition progresses, you could find yourself dealing with emergency pain seemingly out of nowhere. This is bad enough when you had some idea this might be coming from an earlier dental visit, but even worse when you haven’t even gone to your regular appointments and have no idea this is coming. Keeping up with regular visits to your dentist can help catch problems before they grow out of control.

Leaving these things unchecked can lead to a wide range of serious problems. Beyond suffering excruciating pain, it can also lead to infection, tooth loss, bone loss, abscesses, and other lasting damages. Whether or not you feel pain now, if you dont get treatment, you will feel the repercussions later. If you are suffering and make an emergency appointment, the damage may be so severe that normal anesthesia cannot fully numb the pain before your procedure. If this happens, we have to control your pain first, which can lead to a longer, more expensive, and more agonizing experience for you.

There are lots of reasons why you might put off getting root canal therapy. You may fear the cost of treatment is too high, worry that the pain of the procedure will be worse than what you’re suffering now, or don’t feel like the situation is serious enough to do anything yet. However, a proactive and preventative treatment is best, and solving oral health issues now can save you a lot of time, money, and grief in the future. If you have any questions about the treatment you need, we’re always happy to help.

We’ll give you any information you need, from details of the procedure to how to work out financing options. Just give us a call.

Save Your Tooth

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You’re suffering from a toothache. Your dentist tells you that you have an infection and will need a root canal. You get a referral to NYC Endo. Now you are faced with a choice: do you make the appointment or should you just have the tooth removed?

Extracting a tooth should always be the very last ditch attempt at resolving tooth pain, not a first line of defense. Despite advances in dental technology, there is no replacement for a lost tooth that offers the same functionality, feel, and appearance as the real thing. If endodontic treatment is available, this should be your first choice in treating damaged and infected teeth.

Endodontic Treatment Costs Less

If you fear that the cost of endodontic treatment will be too high, take a look at the bigger picture. Extracting a tooth will lead to other complications later on. It is likely you will need to replace it. Whether that is with a partial denture or a bridge, which can cause damage to your teeth and mouth and allows the body to absorb the jawbone, or with a dental implant, which can be extremely costly and involves a painful surgical procedure, there will be a price to pay. Not only is the cost of endodontic treatment much lower in terms of both your health and your pocketbook, but most insurance plans have coverage for endodontic treatment. This will allow you to get treatment at a reasonable rate and avoid future procedures caused by the same root problem.

Anesthetics Eliminate Pain

Everyone has heard horror stories about the pain that root canal treatment can cause, but these are simply not true. With improvements in our understanding of anesthetics, new dental technology, and better treatment techniques, root canal therapy should be relatively painless. While it is true that you may feel some sensitivity in the region, this is a temporary condition and will fade as the inflamed nerves of your gum and any temporary pulpitis of the surrounding teeth subsides. For most patients, the process is entirely painless!

Tooth Extraction is Faster, but Not Better

Please do not choose a tooth extraction because you believe the pain or the recovery period will be faster. A tooth extraction will have a lasting impact on your health, even though the procedure itself will only take a few minutes. Endodontic treatment should only take two or three hours at most, followed by the delivery and placement of a permanent crown. In the long run, saving the tooth with endodontic care far outweighs the amount of time you will spend fixing the damages of a tooth extraction, especially when you decide to have the tooth replaced.

Endodontic Treatment is More Efficient

For some reason, many people opt for an extraction over endodontic treatment because they believe that they tooth will eventually need to come out anyway. This is untrue. Endodontic treatment is designed to save your tooth and keep it in its proper place for the rest of your life. With proper care, a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy or other treatment in our office should be fine for the rest of your life.

NYC Dental wants to make sure every patient has the opportunity to live out their lives with all of their teeth. If you are suffering from a toothache, or if your dentist has suggested endodontic care to take care of your teeth, contact our office today to make an appointment.

Endodontic Terms to Know

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Endodontics is a specialty field in dentistry. When you come in for your appointment, you may hear some terms that are unfamiliar, strange, or downright intimidating. To make matters worse, at one point the terms used in diagnosis were often different depending on where an endodontist got her education. Within the past decade, the American Association of Endodontics (AAE) standardized terminology, making it possible for everyone in the industry to understand a diagnosis and determine a proper course of action.

But what about the rest of the world? As a layperson, you probably dont need to know extremely complex terms, but having an idea of what common terms mean can help you to understand your situation and what your treatment plan will be. Weve compiled a few of the most important terms for you to know so that youll feel confident during your visit to NYC Endo.

Endodontic Terms

Endodontics: The branch of dentistry dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of the interior of the tooth, including the pulp and related structures.

Endodontist: A dental specialist with 2-3 years of training in the field of endodontics, skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of cases in this field.

Board-Certified: Having passed an examination by the American Board of Endodontics to certify that the practitioner is fully capable of working in this field.

Dental Pulp: The inner tissues of the tooth, filled with blood vessels and nerves. This tissue is surrounded by dentin and enamel.

Dentin: The middle layer of the tooth which surrounds the pulp, helping to form the pulp chamber and root canal. Forms most of the crown and root of the tooth and give it its distinctive shape.

Enamel: The hard protective outer layer of the tooth. This is the hardest substance in the body, making it suitable for the high-pressure tasks of cutting and chewing food.

Crown: The part of a tooth that is covered by enamel; the part visible above a healthy gum line.

Gingiva: The dense fibrous tissue and mucous membrane that covers the necks and roots of teeth and the jaw bone; gum tissue.

Pulpitis: A diagnosis of damaged pulp. Some pulpitis can be reversible, or healed. In other cases, it is a fatal diagnosis for the pulp, leading to the need for root canal therapy.

Abscess: An inflammatory reaction to pulpitis and necrosis characterized by pus formation, swelling, extreme sensitivity, pain, and rapid onset.

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