Root Canals

East Village Dental PC

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

If you develop a cavity or infection, your dentist might recommend root canal treatment to preserve your permanent tooth and prevent the need for an extraction. The team at East Village Dental in the Lower East Side of Manhattan regularly performs root canal treatment using safe, effective means. If you’re suffering from a toothache that just won’t go away, make an appointment today by calling the New York City office or clicking the online booking tool.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal?

Root canal treatment is a type of oral surgery that involves your East Village Dental provider removing the soft center of your tooth, known as the pulp. 

Pulp contains nerves, soft tissue, and blood vessels, but it isn’t necessary for a tooth’s survival. If you develop severe decay or an infection inside the tooth pulp, your dentist might recommend root canal treatment to prevent further infection and to preserve your permanent tooth. 

Why would I need a root canal?

The team at East Village Dental uses root canal treatment to address dental pulp that becomes inflamed or infected. Removing the infected or injured pulp preserves the structure of your tooth while preventing further decay.

Some common causes of dental pulp damage include:

  • Deep decay
  • Untreated cavities
  • Multiple dental procedures on the same tooth
  • Chipped tooth
  • Cracked tooth

You might also damage the pulp of your tooth if you get hit in the mouth while playing sports or as a result of an automobile accident. 

What are the symptoms of damaged pulp?

The symptoms of damaged pulp vary from person to person. However, telltale signs include pain, swelling, or a sensation of heat in your gums. To confirm you have damaged pulp, your dentist takes a series of digital X-rays to get a closer look at your tooth roots and jawbones. 

What happens during root canal treatment?

The team at East Village Dental performs root canal treatment in the office as an outpatient procedure. Prior to surgery, your dentist administers a local anesthetic, numbing your tooth roots and gums. If you suffer from dental anxiety, the team also offers sedation dentistry to help you relax. 

After the anesthesia sets in, your dentist carefully drills a hole in the top of your affected tooth and removes the infected and inflamed tooth pulp. 

Following the removal of your dental pulp, your dentist applies a topical antibiotic to prevent reinfection. Your dentist also cleans out the center of your tooth with an antiseptic solution.

Finally, your dentist fills the center of your tooth with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. After the gutta-percha dries, your dentist applies a filling or temporary crown. You return a week or two later, and your dentist applies a permanent crown if needed. 

What is recovery like following a root canal?

After root canal treatment, it’s perfectly normal to experience some pain and general discomfort. Make sure to follow your dentist’s recovery instructions carefully and take care to avoid biting down hard on the affected tooth. 

You should also take your medications as prescribed if applicable. Within a week, your mouth should heal, and you’ll feel back to normal. 

To learn more about root canal treatment, make an appointment at East Village Dental today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.