30 East 40th Street, between Park & Madison 212-685-3040

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."
-Nancy

Call our Manhattan denal practice at 212-685-3040 to schedule your root canal prcedure consultation.

© 2008 Dr. Michael Sinkin, D.D.S.