Young Bui, DDS
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New York, NY 10016

Do I Need a Root Canal?

Root CanalOne of the most common questions patients ask their dentists when coming to the office in severe pain is, “Do I need a root canal?” The answer to that is not as straight forward as it might seem. Without X-rays and an examination of the tooth in question, it’s difficult to say just by the symptoms you are describing.

I Am Not in Pain So Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

Sometimes upon a routine examination your dentist will discover that you have a tooth that has died. With a procedure called percussion testing, a dentist can determine that your tooth is dead and that a root canal to remove the root and pulp will guard against an infection that will then turn painful, sometimes unbearably so.

Prolonged or Severe Pain Is a Telling Sign

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When you have an extreme amount of pain that doesn’t subside after a day or so, there is a good possibility that the tooth has become infected. In which case, you should call us without delay. This is especially true if that pain isn’t dulled with an aspirin or some other OTC pain medication. If Tylenol or Ibuprofen aren’t effective, there is a good

While extreme pain may often indicate an infection of the nerve and pulp, it could be an abscess not being caused by an infection quite that deep within the tooth. Sometimes a simple filling will work and other times an extraction may be called for. The only reliable answer would be what your dentist finds after examining those X-rays and your tooth.

possibility that you will need a root canal, or a filling at the very least.

When the Tooth Can Be Saved

Typically, a dentist will recommend a root canal if the tooth is dead or if the infection has reached the root or pulp. However, a dead tooth or one that is that severely infected doesn’t always mean that it needs to be extracted. A root canal, often referred to as endodontic therapy, can literally save the tooth. The roots and pulp can be drilled out, then the tooth can be filled with a gutta-percha material, cemented and perhaps crowned if needed.

If there is any possibility that you think you need a root canal, the best thing to do is call us without delay. While there may be no way to prevent endodontic therapy, the longer you wait, the more pain you will suffer through, and it may intensify over time due to advanced infection. Get the answers you need by contacting us today. As the leading root canal specialist in NYC, we can help you, but only if you call!

If you need dental care, call one of the best dentists in New York at 646-205-3045. Our offices are available to help you to get the support and care you need to improve your oral health and protect your teeth.

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