Why Choose An Endodontist
Training and Expertise
Endodontics is one of the nine recognized specialty areas by the American Dental Association. Endodontics requires a two or three-year post graduate training residency after four years of dental school. During this training, endodontic residents must read thousands of scientific articles, treat patients with special needs, and conduct a research project. They can then help treat dental pulp diseases and supporting structures, including diagnosing facial pain and other related problems. In addition to providing treatment, endodontists also educate patients on why treatment is required, what treatment involves, and what can be done to ensure the greatest possible outcome.
Equipment & Technology
Many endodontic offices have specialized equipment to address complicated treatment. This includes cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT), dental operating microscopes (DOMs), ultrasonic instrumentation, and specialized instruments.
Endodontics is a dental specialty that involves treating diseases of the dental pulp and the supporting structures. Endodontists possess special post-graduate training and are experienced in diagnosing the causes of oral and facial pain.
General dentists often refer patients to an endodontist when cases are complicated or more difficult to address.
In order for endodontic treatment to be understood, patients must know their dental anatomy. A tooth consists of several layers, including the outside layer, or enamel. This surface layer is supported by the dentin, which protects the soft tissue in the center (known as the pulp). Located in the pulp are a number of blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue that forms the surrounding dentin and enamel during tooth development. The pulp obtains nutrients from vessels entering the end of the root. The pulp is highly important during tooth growth, but not for function. Even after pulp removal, the tooth will continue to receive nourishment by the tissues.
Why is Endodontic treatment important?
Endodontics becomes necessary when the pulp experiences infection or inflammation. Frequent reasons for inflammation or infection include deep cavities, repeated dental procedures, cracked teeth, or chips, Trauma can also be a cause for inflammation and tooth discoloration. Without sufficient treatment, this can lead to pain and abscess.
How does Endodontic treatment benefit me?
The Endodontist will remove any inflamed or infected pulp, then cleans the canal system and seals the prepared space. The majority of the treatment can be completed in one or two appointments. Upon the conclusion of the procedure, your dentist may schedule an additional visit for permanent reconstruction. The restoration of the tooth is important because the cleaned canals are sealed, protecting them from additional infection.
Is the Procedure Painful?
Patients seek endodontic treatment such as root canal because of tooth pain. Thanks to the advantages of modern anesthetics, the procedure is mostly pain-free. Early treatment can result in a more comfortable procedure. It is not recommended to wait until the problem progresses to the point where more invasive procedures are required. Patients may experience sensitivity to bites after a few days, but they will disappear on their own.
Root canal therapy, which is one of the most common procedures and is essential to saving teeth and preventing the need for dental implants or bridges. It primarily treats problems affecting the pulp, which is a collection of blood vessels that develop the surrounding tooth. If the pulp becomes infected, this can result in increased sensitivity, constant pain, visible injury, or swelling. Often, our patients come to us with excruciating tooth pain due to the infected tooth. We understand that root canal treatment sounds painful; however, with our decades of experience and gentle, conservative approach, our patients leave our office without pain.
Root Canal Reasons
- Tooth Decay
- Accidental trauma or Fracture
- Dead Tooth Nerve
Signs of inflamed or infected pulp:
- Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Moderate to severe toothache
- Pain while chewing and during application of pressure
- Discoloration (darkening or graying) of the tooth
- Swelling, tenderness or redness of the gums around tooth
- If these symptoms are evident, you must seek treatment for the diseased pulp. Call our offices to schedule your appointment.
This procedure should be performed before the infection has any chance to get into the bone to develop any swelling and pain. If the bone is infected, a bone graft may be necessary. We recommend periodic check-ups and exams in our office in New York City to help avoid severe complications.
Execution of Root Canal
During root canal therapy, the injured pulp is removed and root canal system is disinfected. Once the tissue is removed, we use a filling for the tooth and seal it to prevent further infection. In our office, we use state-of-the-art GuttaCore technology and materials to fill the tooth. Root canal treatment can be completed in a single or multiple visits depending on the type of treatment required. The success rate is 90% and most patients are informed if there is a condition that may affect their chance of success.
This therapy involves the use of local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. After root canal therapy has been completed, you have the option of scheduling follow-up appointments for the restoration. Restoration generally involves placing a crown over the sealed tooth to protect your natural tooth structure and restore functionality.
Root Canal Recovery
Root canal generally does not result in post-treatment complications or symptoms, but if there are any unnatural conditions, please contact our office. During this recovery period, the endodontist will monitor for any risk of recurring infection in the tooth. Symptoms of a possible infection can include severe pain or pressure that lasts for days, visible swelling, and the recurrence of the original symptoms. Under optimized conditions, your teeth will experience gradual healing during the first week following the procedure.
Root Canal Cost
The cost associated with our root canal procedure will vary from patient to patient, depending on the severity of damage to the infected tooth. Depending on your personal policy, your dental insurance might cover the total or a portion of the costs of your root canal.