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Manhattan Dental Arts
1995 Broadway, Suite 200, New York, NY 10023

What Are Root Canals?

Root canal surgery removes the infected, injured or exposed soft pulp tissue of a tooth. This is necessary because affected dental pulp can’t often repair itself once it’s damaged by injury or advanced tooth decay. This procedure eases the pain and dysfunction that typically accompanies pulp damage.

Why Do You Need a Root Canal?

This endodontic treatment preserves your tooth and relieves pain and other symptoms. Here are a few additional symptoms that may indicate you need a root canal in NYC Upper West Side:

  • Unrelieved moderate or severe pain
  • Deep cavities
  • Gum swelling
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures and to touch
  • Pain when biting down or sleeping

What Type of Dentist Does Root Canals?

This procedure can be performed by a general dentist. In some complex cases or in re-treatment situations, an endodontist is recommended. If you are experiencing tooth pain, contact us immediately so we can schedule an appointment for you with a skilled root canal dentist.

What Is the Root Canal Process?

  • Many dental root canals can be completed within an hour or two. Here’s what you can expect during your treatment:
  • Your dentist will examine and x-ray the tooth.
  • Your gums and teeth will be numbed, first with a gel and then with a local anesthetic injection.
  • The dentist will make a small opening in your tooth’s crown. This is how your dentist access the tooth’s pulp chamber.
  • All infected tooth pulp is removed, and the root’s canals are cleaned and shaped.
  • The cleaned canals are flushed to remove debris and bacteria.
  • Canals are then filled and the root canal crown is sealed.
  • A temporary crown is placed on the tooth to protect it.

What Are the Costs Associated with a Root Canal?

Your root canal cost depends on many factors, including whether your treatment is provided by a general dentist or an endodontist. The severity of your tooth damage and how much pre-treatment you need are also important. The location of your tooth is also a factor, as front teeth have only one root while molars have four roots. Contact us for a thorough evaluation, and we can provide you with an estimate.

Are There Alternatives to Root Canals?

While most teeth can be treated successfully with this procedure, therapies vary. If a prior root canal procedure was unsuccessful, an apicoectomy may be performed. This endodontic treatment removes the tip of the tooth’s root. Pediatric pulpotomy is another type of therapy in which the infected tooth pulp is removed, leaving the nerve intact.

Is Delaying Dental Root Canal Treatment Okay?

While some people may be fearful of this treatment, our skilled dentists work to keep you comfortable during a dental root canal procedure. Most commonly, we use local anesthetics to eliminate pain, but nitrous oxide gas may also help to keep nervous patients calm and pain free. Don’t risk your tooth or your overall health by delaying treatment. Call us at (646) 354-7621 right away if you are experiencing tooth pain. We’ll schedule you with one of our knowledgeable dentists so we can relieve your pain and symptoms.

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  • Monday
    8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday
    8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday
    8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday
    8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Saturday
    9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

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1995 Broadway, Suite 200, New York, NY 10023

(646) 354-7621