Roots of the Root Canal
NYC Endodontics performs root canal therapy, which is one of the most common procedures and is essential to saving teeth and preventing the need for dental implants or bridges. It primarily treats problems affecting the pulp, which is a collection of blood vessels that develop the surrounding tooth. If the pulp becomes infected, this can result in increased sensitivity, constant pain, visible injury, or swelling. Often, our patients come to us with excruciating tooth pain due to the infected tooth. We understand that root canal treatment sounds painful; however, with our decades of experience and gentle, conservative approach, our patients leave our office without pain.
Root Canal Reasons
- Tooth Decay
- Accidental trauma or Fracture
- Dead Tooth Nerve
Signs of inflamed or infected pulp:
- Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Moderate to severe toothache
- Pain while chewing and during application of pressure
- Discoloration (darkening or graying) of the tooth
- Swelling, tenderness or redness of the gums around tooth
- If these symptoms are evident, you must seek treatment for the diseased pulp. Call our offices to schedule your appointment.
This procedure should be performed before the infection has any chance to get into the bone to develop any swelling and pain. If the bone is infected, a bone graft may be necessary. We recommend periodic check-ups and exams in our office in New York City to help avoid severe complications.
Execution of Root Canal
During root canal therapy, the injured pulp is removed and root canal system is disinfected. Once the tissue is removed, we use a filling for the tooth and seal it to prevent further infection. In our office, we use state-of-the-art GuttaCore technology and materials to fill the tooth. Root canal treatment can be completed in a single or multiple visits depending on the type of treatment required. The success rate is 90% and most patients are informed if there is a condition that may affect their chance of success.
This therapy involves the use of local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. Additionally, nitrous oxide analgesia can be an option.
After root canal therapy has been completed, you have the option of scheduling follow-up appointments for the restoration. Restoration generally involves placing a crown over the sealed tooth to protect your natural tooth structure and restore functionality.
Root Canal Recovery
Root canal generally does not result in post-treatment complications or symptoms, but if there are any unnatural conditions, please contact our office. During this recovery period, the endodontist will monitor for any risk of recurring infection in the tooth. Symptoms of a possible infection can include severe pain or pressure that lasts for days, visible swelling, and the recurrence of the original symptoms. Under optimized conditions, your teeth will experience gradual healing during the first week following the procedure.
Root Canal Cost
The cost associated with our root canal procedure will vary from patient to patient, depending on the severity of damage to the infected tooth. Depending on your personal policy, your dental insurance might cover the total or a portion of the costs of your root canal.
Your Initial Consultation
Whether you live in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, or the general NYC area, call NYC Endodontics today to learn more about our root canal treatments in New York. Together, we’ll put you on the path to excellent oral health.