Root Canals in Midtown East

What is a Root Canal and How Can My Dentist Help?

Tooth pain can cause anxiety, especially when you’re worried about what to do and how much it will cost. It can be scary to consider that you’ll need an invasive procedure or even lose the tooth, but it’s important to know that your dentist is here to help. Tooth pain can indicate a serious issue, but your dentist can intervene and help preserve your tooth’s function with the right steps. If your tooth hurts or is sensitive or swollen, it might be the result of decay, which means it can be easily fixed through root canal therapy.

Tooth decay begins to happen when bacteria eat away at the enamel, and you can often tell this is happening when it hurts to bite or chew. This is because the enamel is weakened and there’s less protection between the underlying nerves and the outside world. When the decay becomes advanced, it can affect the deep structures of the tooth, including blood vessels and nerves, causing the patient pain even when you don’t put pressure on it. When detected early, tooth decay can be easily corrected with a simple composite filling or similar restorative technique. When the decay becomes an infection that spreads beyond the outer layers of the enamel and invades the pulp and root, root canal therapy is usually necessary.

At New York General Dentistry, we use the latest technology and equipment to make sure your root canal procedure is as non-invasive and pain-free as possible. A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed by a New York City dentist or endodontist. Root canal therapy is designed to eliminate bacteria that have infected the internal canal system of a tooth and prevent reinfection in the future. This treatment helps save your natural tooth and restore its function through minor surgical techniques. Additionally, root canal treatment can effectively relieve pain associated with a damaged or infected nerve. If you experience lasting pain or sensitivity, Dr. Chern can recommend your next steps. At New York General Dentistry in New York, NY, we use the latest technology and equipment to make sure your root canal procedure is as non-invasive and pain-free as possible.

Dr. Chern is an incredible dentist. She is well-trained, competent, and makes my whole visit experience both productive and fun. I routinely go to her office for my dental check-ups (teeth cleaning included), and I am always impressed with how efficiently she works. In addition, I have found the the zero wait-time to be rare in NYC, but Dr. Chern has never made me wait! She has excellent bedside manner, is caring, and I always trust her judgment regarding decisions about my teeth.

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Signs You May Need a Root Canal

Lingering Pain

Serious pain when you eat or put pressure on an area can be a sign of infection. Additionally, if the area still hurts after the pressure subsides (or even without pressure), you should see your dentist.

Hot or Cold Sensitivity

If it’s extremely uncomfortable or even painful when you eat hot or cold foods, it can be a sign that decay has begun to expose the underlying nerves. This is especially true if the pain or sensitivity lingers even after you’re done eating.

Swelling in the Gums

Gums that are swollen or have small bumps around the area where you experience pain can indicate that you’ll need to see your dentist to discuss whether you need a root canal.

Darkening of the Tooth

A change in color, especially darkening, is a sign that the tooth may be infected. If the tooth appears gray against the surrounding teeth, it can mean that the underlying structures have begun decaying.

Root Canal FAQ’s

Can a root canal infection spread?

A patient may experience infection spreading to neighboring teeth and throughout the jaw bone and head/neck region if they do not seek treatment with a root canal specialist.

Can a tooth have 2 root canals?

The number of canals varies on the tooth and its location in the mouth. Teeth have between 1-5 canals.

Can I eat after root canal?

You can eat as soon as the anesthesia wears off. Until the tooth is restored, it is important to eat soft foods.

Can root canals be redone?

If a root canal gets infected or is not adequately cleaned, it is possible to redo a root canal.

Can antibiotics heal an infected root canal?

Antibiotics do not completely heal a root canal infection. They will help reduce the infection but ultimately the root canal must be re-treated.

Can you get a root canal and crown in the same day?

It is not advised to get a root canal and crown on the same day. The tooth needs to heal for several days before a crown can be placed. After your tooth has healed and the infection is cleared, you will have another appointment at our New York, NY office to place a crown.

Can I drive home after a root canal?

Unless you were sedated, you can absolutely drive home after a root canal with local anesthesia.

Can you rinse with salt water after a root canal?

Rinsing with salt water after a root canal will help the gum tissue heal faster from any clamps that were placed to isolate the tooth.

Can you use a straw after a root canal?

You can use a straw as soon as the temporary filling has hardened. Dr. Chern will give you specific instructions after your root canal therapy appointment.

Does root canal hurt during procedure?

A root canal should never hurt during the procedure. The dentist must give you adequate anesthesia so the area is numb and painless.

Do all root canals need a crown?

All posterior teeth need a crown because they have higher biting forces. Anterior (front) teeth do not always need a crown as they get less force while biting. Your New York, NY dentist will recommend whether or not a crown is necessary.

How can I prevent a root canal naturally?

Preventative care is very important in root canal prevention. A root canal treatment is preventable by removing cavities while they are small and far from the nerve space or blood vessels.

Do I need crown after root canal?

All posterior teeth need a crown because they have higher biting forces. Anterior (front) teeth do not always need a crown as they get less force while biting.

How do I get rid of a tooth infection without a root canal?

The only alternative to root canal therapy is to extract the tooth with the infection.

How do you prepare for a root canal?

You should eat and drink a solid meal and try your best to relax.

Do they numb you for a root canal?

Local anesthesia is used with all New York City root canal procedures. You will be numb during and after the root canal.

How many appointments do you need for a root canal?

Depending on the complexity of the root canal, the treatment may take 1-3 visits to our New York City office averaging 45-60 minutes.

How does a root canal work?

The area is numbed, an isolation sheet is placed around the tooth and the infected tissue is removed from the canals. After the tooth is clean, a root canal filling is placed and the tooth is temporized till a permanent filling is placed on a subsequent visit.

How is a root canal done on a front tooth?

The area is numbed, an isolation sheet is placed around the tooth and the infected tissue is removed from the canals. After the tooth is clean, a root canal filling is placed and the tooth is temporized till a permanent filling is placed on a subsequent visit.

How is a root canal tooth removed?

The area is numbed, an isolation sheet is placed around the tooth and the infected root canal filler is removed from the canals. After the tooth is clean, a new root canal filling is placed and the tooth is temporized till a permanent filling is placed on a subsequent visit.

How long does a root canal take?

Depending on the complexity of the root canal, the treatment may take 1-3 visits averaging 45-60 minutes.

Is throbbing pain after root canal normal?

Throbbing is normal after any dental procedure especially if a rubber dam was placed on the tooth.

Is the tooth dead after a root canal?

The tooth has no nerve after a root canal. It no longer has sensation so people like to deem it, dead.

Is a root canal painful?

A root canal should never hurt during the procedure. The dentist must give you adequate anesthesia so the area is numb and painless. A little bit of sensitivity is normal up to one day after the procedure.

Is it easier to pull a tooth after a root canal?

A tooth with a root canal can be more brittle and break during extraction. Pulling a root canal-treated tooth is not easier.

What are the disadvantages of root canal?

There are no disadvantages to saving a tooth with root canal treatment if the treatment is restored properly.

What are the two stages of a root canal?

The initial stage of the root canal procedure is to remove the diseased tissue and the second stage is to fill up the space of the nerve. Often, these stages occur over multiple appointments at our New York City office.

What causes tooth pain after root canal?

If a patient experiences tooth pain after a root canal, this is usually a sensation of throbbing caused by the dental instruments used to clean the canal space. It usually subsides within a day.

Should I take ibuprofen before root canal?

You should check with your dentist before taking medication before any procedure. NSAIDs are usually given after a root canal.

Should I take time off work after a root canal?

It is usually unnecessary to take time off after a root canal procedure.

What are the complications of a root canal?

Complications of a root canal are rare but include re-infection, fracture, and swelling.

What happens if you wait too long to get a root canal?

If you wait too long to get a root canal, you may have pain, swelling, and possibly lose the tooth.

What does the beginning of a root canal feel like?

In New York City, a root canal is done under anesthesia and feels like getting a filling or any other routine dental care.

What should I avoid after a root canal?

You should avoid very hard foods till the root canal is completed and a final restoration is placed.

Why do root canals take two appointments?

If the root canal has many roots and is complicated by infection, a dentist may need to complete treatment in two visits.

What is the alternative to a root canal?

The only alternative to a root canal is to extract the tooth with the infection.

What is the point of a root canal?

A root canal removes diseased tissue from the internal aspects of the tooth.

Why do you need a temporary filling after a root canal?

You need temporary filling until a permanent is placed at a subsequent visit. In the interim, the tooth heals.

What is the second stage of root canal?

The second stage of a root canal fills the space where the nerve was removed.

Can YouU Rinse With Saltwater After A Root Canal?

Rinsing with saltwater after a root canal will help the gum tissue heal faster from any clamps that were placed to isolate the tooth.

The Root Canal Process and What to Expect

Your First Appointment (60-75 minutes)

  • Dr. Chern and our New York City dentistry team will ensure you are completely comfortable and relaxed while we talk you through the process and what to expect. Then, you’ll be given anesthesia so that you don’t experience any pain or discomfort during the process. 
  • A rubber dam will be placed on the tooth to ensure a sterile environment.
  • The internal parts of the tooth (sometimes referred to as the “pulp chamber”) will be debrided and cleaned of decay and infected tissue.
  • If there is no excess of infected and inflamed tissue, gutta-percha (a specialized filling material) will be placed and a temporary filling will close off the internal structure of the tooth.
  • A final x-ray will be taken to confirm the completion of the process and a subsequent crown appointment will be scheduled. A crown is a cap placed over the tooth that can ensure the tooth is not reinfected– and that the tooth looks and works like normal.

Your Second Appointment (30-60 minutes)

  • Occasionally, it’s determined at the first appointment that the tooth is too infected to seal off and medication is placed inside the tooth to allow it to heal.
  • The rubber dam is placed again and the pulp chamber of the tooth is re-accessed to remove the medication. If proper healing has occurred, then gutta-percha is placed.
  • A temporary filling is placed and a final X-ray is taken to confirm proper completion and a subsequent crown appointment is scheduled.

Meet With Dr. Chern &
Her Manhattan Team

To learn more about Root Canal in Manhattan and your treatment options, contact our office for an appointment by calling or filling out our online form. Dr. Inna Chern and her team will personally work with you to plan your best treatment options and restore the function and beauty of your smile.

Caring For Your Teeth After A Root Canal

Taking good care of your teeth will guarantee they stay healthy and functional for a lifetime. As a root canal treatment patient, you should follow these care tips after your appointment in our New York City office to ensure your dental work lasts a lifetime:

  • Eat a healthy soft diet until the crown and the permanent restoration is placed
  • See your dentist regularly (every 4-6 months) for a hygiene appointment
  • Brush your teeth twice daily for 2 minutes with a soft or electric toothbrush
  • Floss every day or use a water flosser (Waterpik)
  • Have a dental x-ray taken of the root canal once a year to ensure proper healing

What Makes Our Office the Right Fit for Your Dental Needs?

Personalized Care

We never take a one-size-fits-all approach to dental bridges. Dr. Chern will evaluate your missing teeth, working closely with our team to create a custom solution.

Comfortable Office

Our bright and modern Midtown East Manhattan office was designed with you in mind. Enjoy a calming atmosphere and comfortable amenities to help you feel at ease.

Health-First Approach

New York General Dentistry uses modern techniques and equipment to ensure your dental bridge treatment is a success.

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