Root Canals Specialist

Carnegie Hill Dental Group

General Dentistry, Orthodontics & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

Hearing that you need to have a root canal may make you feel nervous, but there’s no need to worry — for the multitude of people who undergo root canal therapy every year, the treatment doesn’t cause discomfort, it brings relief. The team of top-notch dentists at Carnegie Hill Dental Group provides tooth-saving root canal therapy to patients of all ages in the greater New York City area. If you’re ready to put an end to persistent tooth pain, call their Upper East Side office or schedule an appointment online today.

Root Canals Q & A

What is root canal therapy?

Root canal therapy is a restorative treatment used to address any painful inflammation or infection that develops within a tooth’s soft pulpy interior. Besides putting an end to relentless tooth pain and sensitivity, the treatment’s primary objective is to help you keep your natural tooth intact.

Root canal therapy is similar to having a cavity removed and filled. Before the procedure begins, the treatment area is comfortably numbed with a local anesthetic. Then, after making a small opening on the bite surface of your tooth, Dr. Vohra or Dr. Mohamed removes the inflamed or infected pulp, cleans and shapes the root canal interior, and fills and seals the space.

While a mature tooth can survive without its pulpy interior, you may require a dental crown to restore full functionality if your tooth is weakened by the procedure.

Why would I need a root canal?

Some of the same risk factors for cavities also boost your chances of eventually requiring a root canal, simply because a deep cavity can lead to an even deeper infection in the soft tissues inside your tooth.

This means that if you eat a lot of sugary foods, you don’t brush twice a day or floss regularly, and you don’t make time for regular dental cleanings and exams, you’re more likely to develop the kind of cavities that can extend deep into your root canal.   

Certain structural issues can also make a future root canal more likely, including cracked teeth, chipped teeth, and teeth weakened by repeated dental procedures.  

Common signs of a deep tooth infection include:

  • Throbbing or radiating tooth pain
  • Prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Tenderness or pain when touched
  • Swollen gums in the affected area
  • Discoloration of the affected tooth

If you notice any of these symptoms, schedule an urgent care appointment with the team at Carnegie Hill Dental Group as soon as possible.

Does root canal therapy hurt?

Many patients worry that having a root canal will be painful, largely because the treatment goes deeper and is slightly more extensive than the average cavity treatment. Luckily, dental anesthetics can help ensure that you won’t feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure.

It’s also important to keep in mind that the underlying infection or inflammation that requires root canal therapy is usually far more painful than the treatment itself, and once it’s complete, you’ll finally find real, long-lasting relief.

To learn more about root canal therapy, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.