East Village Dental PC

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Lower East Side, New York, NY

The inside of your tooth is just as important to your oral health as the outside, which is why the team at East Village Dental offers exceptional endodontics services for their patients in New York City. If you need a root canal, schedule your endodontics visit today by calling the office in the Lower East Side of Manhattan or booking an appointment online.

Endodontics Q & A

What is endodontics?

Endodontics is the field of dentistry that’s dedicated to the health of your inner tooth. One of the more common endodontic procedures is called a root canal, which is a treatment that restores the health of your tooth if its pulp is damaged or decayed.

Your tooth’s pulp is the soft tissue inside your tooth. It’s largely made up of nerve endings, blood vessels, and connective tissues. It can become infected or damaged for several reasons, including physical trauma to the tooth or tooth decay that goes untreated until it reaches all the way to the inside.

A root canal restores your damaged or infected tooth by removing the pulp and replacing it with a rubber-like sealant called gutta-percha. This represents a great leap forward in treating damaged or infected teeth since the old method was to extract the tooth entirely. 

What happens during a root canal?

First, your dentist drills a hole in the top of your tooth to gain access to the inside. Then, the team uses a series of small files to gently extract the damaged or decayed pulp from within.

After they’ve removed all of your diseased pulp, they clean and sterilize the inside of your tooth. Once your tooth is clean, it’s filled with gutta-percha, and sometimes a small post to help reinforce your tooth’s structural integrity.

With the inside of your tooth clean and sealed, your dentist fills the access hole, then fits you with a crown to keep your tooth strong and protected.

What are the symptoms of damaged or infected tooth pulp?

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

  • A tooth that’s dark or discolored
  • Severe toothache
  • Pus around your gumline
  • A small pimple (abscess) on your gums
  • Bad taste in your mouth

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule a visit with East Village Dental immediately. 

Does a root canal hurt?

Root canals have a reputation of being painful, but that’s largely undeserved. Despite being the butt of jokes in movies and television shows, root canals are actually not an uncomfortable procedure. 

East Village Dental uses a local anesthetic to numb your tooth and the surrounding tissues before treatment, so you won’t feel any pain during the procedure.

Schedule your endodontic treatment with East Village Dental today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.