Endodontics treats infected or inflamed pulp — the soft center of your teeth. At ToothDocs, with locations in Roslyn, New York, and two offices in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, the team provides a full suite of endodontic services, including root canals, root canal retreatment, and endodontic surgery. To schedule an appointment at the nearest location, call the office or book online today.
Endodontics is a dental specialty used to diagnose and treat tooth pain. Specifically, it addresses pain caused by infected or inflamed pulp — tissue that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue.
Pulp allows you to feel sensations like hot and cold, but it isn’t necessary for a tooth’s long-term survival. By removing the infected or inflamed pulp, it’s possible to preserve your tooth enamel, preventing the need for an extraction.
At ToothDocs, the team provides a variety of endodontics services, including:
Root canal therapy is a type of endodontic treatment used to preserve a tooth. If you get hit in the mouth, or harmful bacteria enter the center of your tooth and cause an infection, the team might recommend a root canal.
During a root canal, the team carefully removes the soft center of your tooth, fills it with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha, and caps it with a crown. Root canal therapy limits pain, restores your tooth to its near-original condition, and preserves your smile.
Sometimes, root canal therapy fails. If this occurs, you might experience tooth pain or another infection weeks or months after your initial treatment.
During root canal retreatment, the team removes the gutta-percha from the center of your tooth and looks for signs of a new infection. They reclean the canals inside your tooth with an antiseptic solution and refill your tooth. Afterward, your tooth is covered with a dental crown, to prevent further issues.
If you have small fractures or hidden canals inside the center of your tooth, surgery may be necessary. Endodontic surgery can treat damaged tooth roots and the surrounding bone or remove calcium deposits.
Endodontic surgery uses special tools and advanced treatment techniques to quickly eradicate infection. It’s performed under local anesthesia, ensuring you’re comfortable throughout the procedure.
To determine if you can benefit from endodontics, the team at ToothDocs conducts an oral exam, reviews your oral health history, and takes oral X-rays. If the team determines you have infected or inflamed tooth pulp, they can develop a custom treatment plan that aligns with your needs, preserving your tooth for years to come.
If you’re interested in learning more about endodontics, request a consultation at ToothDocs. Book an appointment online using this website, or call the nearest office today.