Redefining the Root Canal Procedure
Root Canal Dentistry Without the Fear of Pain
If the idea of a root canal procedure makes you cringe, you're not alone. In the past, a root canal dentist could not perform this procedure without causing the patient a significant amount of pain. Happily, with today's modern dentistry, I am able to perform root canal dentistry during which my patients experience virtually no pain or discomfort. You need not be "root canal phobic" again.
When a tooth is so decayed that it cannot be filled or saved any other way, a root canal is necessary. Often it is the only option I have to save the tooth.
Contrary to a popular misconception, root canal therapy does not remove the root of the tooth, but rather the contents of the root…the dental pulp that contains the tooth's nerve.
What Happens During a Root Canal Procedure at our Office?
- Root Canal, Step 1: The first and most important step of the root canal procedure at my practice is to make sure the tooth is very, very numb. After I anesthetize your tooth, I will prepare a small opening into it and gain access to the pulp.
- Root Canal, Step 2: Using very delicate instruments, the inside of the root is thoroughly cleaned out and disinfected. If more than one visit is necessary to complete the treatment, I will place a soothing medication within the tooth and cover it with a temporary filling. If necessary, I will prescribe an appropriate pain medication to insure against pain from the root canal procedure and an antibiotic if the tooth has an infection (abscess).
- Root Canal, Step 3: When you return to the office, I will once again thoroughly anesthetize your tooth and lightly clean and wash the canals. Then hermetically seal them with a special root canal filling called gutta percha (a natural form of rubber).
- Root Canal, Step 4: Following the root canal dentistry, the tooth will be properly restored with a bonded filling onlay. If the tooth has lost most of its integrity due to decay or have large fillings which have failed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth. A crown (sometimes called a cap) is like a hat that sits on the tooth.
Root Canal Dentistry: Eliminating Pain From the Procedure
You no longer have to be afraid of the root canal procedure. I am there for you during the entire process and will make sure you experience virtually no pain or discomfort.
"Just a brief note to say thank you to you and your wonderful team. I was so scared and nervous and you were all so kind and reassuring. Root canal is painless! I'm kind of looking forward to my next appointment…is that strange? Thanks again."
Call our Manhattan denal practice at 212-685-3040 to schedule your root canal prcedure consultation.