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New York, NY 10016

What Is a Root Canal?

root canalHas your dentist told you that you need a root canal? The good news is that these are not uncommon. Today, the procedures and tools used in them are also less likely to lead to pain and discomfort for you. You should never avoid getting the dental support you need for concerns like this. In many ways, a root canal can help to protect your dental health and help to minimize long term risks to oral health including the loss of your tooth. But, what is it? What can you expect from the process?

What Happens During a Root Canal?

Generally, the goal of a root canal is to remove as much of an infection as possible. This is needed whenever there is a large cavity or other types of damage to the root of the tooth. This root is located under the tooth and, generally, is deeply implanted. Inflammation and infection here leads to pain and causes the loosening of the teeth over the long term.

root canalDuring this procedure, the dentist will create an opening in the tooth to help get into the deep area of the tooth where the infection or inflammation is present. This is done using a special type of file called an endodontic file. It is then possible for the dentist to remove the inflamed tissue from this area. All of the unhealthy pulp is pulled out of your tooth. This is done using a file. The dentist will then re-shape the canals present for a filling material. Your dentist will also irrigate the area to remove debris from the region.

After this, the dentist will add in extra support if it is necessary. This can help to create support for the crown that is placed over the top of the tooth. The crown is cemented into place to cap off the tooth, protecting it from most additional damage.

Getting the Care You Need

It’s important to always have the right level of care for your teeth. If you have cavities, extensive pain, or other dental health problems that could lead to the need for a root canal, do not put off getting the help you need.

If you need a root canal, 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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