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Root Canals Specialist

ToothDocs

Dentistry & Pediatric Dentistry located in Roslyn, NY & Midtown Manhattan, New York, NY

Though a complex dental procedure, root canals are routine and help save your tooth. At ToothDocs, the highly trained team of dentists are experts in performing root canals. With locations in Roslyn, New York, and two offices in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, the team can help you get the gentle dental care you need to improve your oral health. Call the office most convenient to you, or book an appointment online today.

Root Canals Q & A

What are root canals?

Root canals are dental treatments that repair and save a severely decayed or damaged tooth. During a root canal, your dentist removes the pulp and nerve from the inner portion of your tooth, disinfects the chamber, and covers the tooth to protect it.

Removing the nerve and pulp from your tooth doesn’t affect the health or function of your tooth. The dental pulp supports the growth and development of your tooth root. But once the tooth root is fully formed, your tooth no longer needs the pulp to survive.

Additionally, the nerve in your tooth provides information about hot and cold sensations, and your tooth can function without it. 

Who needs root canals?

When you visit ToothDocs for a dental exam, your dentist explains why you need a root canal. The dental procedure may be necessary if you have:

  • An infected tooth
  • A deep cavity
  • Fractured tooth
  • Problems with an old filling

Many people experience symptoms prior to their dental appointment that indicate the need for a root canal. These symptoms may include sensitive teeth, pain, or swelling in the gums.

If you have signs and symptoms of a dental problem, the team at ToothDocs can help. They even offer emergency dentistry so you can get the care you need quickly.  

What happens during root canals?

Root canals are a nearly painless procedure performed at the office. Your dentist creates a personalized plan based on your needs.

First, your dentist administers a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth. ToothDocs also offers sedation dentistry to help you feel more relaxed during the procedure.

Then, your dentist removes the infected pulp and nerve. The team cleans and disinfects your tooth and fills it with a special sealing paste called gutta-percha.

Your dentist places a temporary filling and makes an impression of your tooth for your dental crown. The dental crown is a cap that covers your natural tooth and protects it. 

What happens after a root canal?

You may continue to feel numb around the area of your root canal for a few hours. But you can return to your usual activities after the procedure. However, your dentist advises not to eat until the feeling in your mouth returns.

Once your dental crown is ready, you return to the office for placement. Your dentist removes your temporary filling, cleans your tooth and inspects the area, and then uses special dental cement to secure your dental crown in place. 

Root canals can save your tooth. Call ToothDocs or book an appointment online today to schedule a consultation.