Root Canal

Tribeca Dental Studio

Cosmetic Dentistry & Pediatric Dentistry located in Tribeca, New York City, NY

Root canals might be one of the most feared dental treatments, but the truth is that they’re an extremely common procedure with very little pain and downtime. In fact, a root canal is often recommended as a treatment if you’re suffering from tooth pain or damage. If you need a root canal, turn to the dentists at Tribeca Dental Studio in New York City. The highly trained staff regularly performs successful root canals to eliminate pain and save teeth. Make your first appointment by phone or online today to learn more.

Root Canal

What is a root canal?

The innermost layer of your tooth is called the pulp — soft tissue filled with nerves and blood vessels. It can be damaged or infected by injury, decay, or something else. When tooth pulp suffers damage, the health of the whole tooth is at risk.

A root canal is a common procedure that addresses infected or damaged pulp with the purpose of saving your natural tooth. The many benefits of saving a tooth that’s been damaged by injury or infection include:

  • Natural appearance
  • Natural chewing ability
  • Normal sensation in the mouth

Root canals remove damaged pulp and clean out the inside of the tooth to prevent future infection or decay. Though a root canal sounds scary, it’s a routine dental procedure. Many people who get root canals for tooth pain are surprised to find that their pain is significantly reduced immediately following the procedure.

What happens during a root canal procedure?

Most root canals take 1-2 visits to the dentist. Your dentist takes X-rays to examine your tooth’s root to determine if a root canal is right for you. The team then administers a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable during the root canal.

The dentist drills a small hole in your tooth and removes the infected pulp, decayed nerve tissue, and other debris from inside your tooth. The dentist scrapes the sides of the canal to clean it and seals it to prevent future infection.

You can expect to return to your normal daily activities as soon as you leave the office. Your tooth could be sore following treatment, but any discomfort should fade within a few days.

Do I need a root canal?

Damaged or infected tooth pulp can cause issues like tooth pain and discoloration. Root canals can fix a number of issues, including:

  • Deep cavity
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Tooth pain
  • Swollen gums

If you’re suffering from a lingering toothache or your tooth is sensitive to hot and cold, it might be a sign that something is wrong. For many different types of tooth damage, getting a root canal stops the progression of damage and saves your natural tooth with minimal downtime.

Trust your teeth to the endodontic team at Tribeca Dental Studio for root canal procedures and more. Call the office or request a consultation online.