Root Canals Specialist

Zen Dentistry NYC

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

Let’s just put it on the table: everybody’s scared of root canals. But that’s only because movies and TV have made them out to be the bad guys. In reality, a root canal is a breeze, and actually alleviates you from the immense pain of the infected tooth that necessitates the procedure in the first place. At Zen Dentistry NYC, the team of dedicated dental experts provide high-quality and comfortable root canals from their offices in New York City’s Upper East Side. To learn more, schedule a consultation today by calling the office or booking online.

Root Canals

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure that the team at Zen Dentistry NYC performs to salvage a severely damaged or infected tooth. 

The main function of a root canal is to remove your tooth’s pulp. The pulp is the soft inner layer of your tooth that’s composed of connective tissues, blood vessels, and nerve fibers. When your pulp is damaged or infected, it gets inflamed. This swelling pinches against the nerves within, which causes a great deal of pain.

Before root canals, teeth with damaged or diseased pulp had to be removed entirely. A root canal allows you to salvage the tooth, which is always preferable is possible.

Why would I need a root canal?

You need a root canal if your tooth’s pulp is damaged or dead. The most common causes for pulp damage are:

  • A cracked tooth
  • A deep cavity or infected tooth
  • A severe injury to the tooth

What are the symptoms of damaged or decayed tooth pulp?

Some of the signs that you might need a root canal include:

  • Spontaneous pain in your tooth
  • Increased sensitivity to hot and cold in your tooth
  • A darkened tooth
  • Pus around the tooth’s gumline
  • A tiny pocket of pus or pimple at your tooth’s root

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule a visit with Zen Dentistry NYC immediately. 

What happens if I don’t get a root canal?

If left untreated, an infected tooth only gets worse and leads to more severe medical problem, like tooth loss or infection of nearby teeth. In some cases, you might even form an abscess, which can destroy the bone surrounding your tooth. 

What’s the process for getting a root canal?

When you come in to Zen Dentistry NYC for your root canal, your dentist first numbs your tooth and the surrounding area with a local anesthetic, and protects your mouth and the rest of your teeth with a rubber dental dam.

Once the anesthesia has taken effect, your dentist drills a tiny hole in the top of your tooth and uses a series of files to remove the decayed pulp from within. Even if you weren’t numbed up, you wouldn’t feel the removal of the decayed tissue because it’s already dead.

With the decayed pulp gone, your dentist cleans your pulp chamber and root canal to ensure that it’s free of bacteria, then seals it off with a rubbery material called gutta-percha. Occasionally, your dentist also inserts a metal or plastic rod in the canal for structural support.

Finally, your dentist seals the hole in the top of your tooth and places a crown to restore your tooth’s strength and appearance.

A root canal only ever optimizes your oral health and makes you feel better. To learn more, schedule a consultation with Zen Dentistry NYC today by calling the office or booking online.