Endodontist on the Upper West Side, NYC
Advanced endodontic treatments to give you a healthier, more complete smile that can last lifetime.
Endodontic treatment, also known as root canal therapy, is a common dental procedure performed to remove the diseased pulp, clean and shape the root canal system, disinfect contaminated root canals, and then fill the root canal system to prevent re-infection and promote healing.
Endodontists are dentists with additional training, experience, and formal qualifications in endodontic treatment, apicectomies, microsurgery, and dental emergency and trauma management. Endodontic treatment is one of the most common procedures. If the dental pulp (containing nerves, arterioles, venules, lymphatic tissue, and fibrous tissue) becomes diseased or injured, endodontic treatment is required to save the tooth.
Root Canal in NYC
Tooth decay, broken teeth, large fillings, or trauma can all damage the nerves of your teeth. If the nerve of a tooth is damaged beyond healing, your dentist may recommend that you have a root canal to save your tooth.
Although people commonly dread the expense and discomfort of root canal therapy, the truth is that a root canal is less painful and less expensive than replacing a lost tooth. You may think that a dead nerve can’t hurt, but once a nerve dies it can no longer alert you when bacteria begin to infect the canals inside your tooth. As they multiply, your body tries to fight the bacteria as in any other infection. The body’s battle to defend itself can cause an abscess that builds pressure. Not only does the abscess hurt it can also push the tooth out of the socket. That tooth then becomes the first to make contact when you chew which puts more pressure on the abscess and causes a lot of pain.
Root canal therapy is necessary because the body cannot cleanse the root canal by itself, no matter how much it fights. Fortunately, a root canal does not have to be as painful as we commonly think. During a root canal, your dentist uses a special cleaning instrument to clear the bacteria out of the canal then they will fill the canal with a sealant and place a temporary filling. You may experience some discomfort as the infected area heals.
Looking to schedule your endodontist on the Upper West Side? Call Manhattan Dental Arts at 212-247-2330 to schedule your appointment today