Root Canal Advantages & Treatment
Lenox Hill Root Canal Therapy | Manhattan Dentist
Root Canals have a reputation for being a huge ordeal, but in reality they are pretty similar to having a routine filling, and usually can be completed in one or two appointments with our Upper East Side dentist. There are many advantages to a Root Canal instead of removing the tooth, like efficient chewing, protecting other teeth, and a natural smile. It helps to understand exactly what a Root Canal is, and how it can save your natural tooth.
Inside your teeth is a soft tissue called the pulp that runs down both roots. It contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue. This tissue can become inflamed or infected from deep tooth decay, repeated dental procedures, faulty crowns, or a crack or chip in the tooth. During a Root Canal the pulp is removed, the tooth is cleaned and disinfected, and then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha.
You should see our Manhattan cosmetic dentist immediately if you have any signs that Root Canal therapy is needed. These include severe toothache, pain when chewing or application of pressure, sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, discoloration or darkening of the tooth, swelling and tenderness in nearby gums, or recurring pimple on the gums. Sometimes, there are no symptoms, which is why it is so important to see our Upper East Side dentist for a check-up every 6 months.