Root Canals Specialist

286 Madison Dental -  - Comprehensive, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry

286 Madison Dental

Comprehensive, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry located in Midtown, New York, NY

Root canals are among the most common dental procedures and are available from the experienced team at 286 Madison Dental. Patients in and around Midtown, Manhattan, have access to a team of highly skilled and deeply compassionate dental professionals who perform outstanding root canals. Call the New York City office to set up an appointment today, or use the easy online booking tool to schedule an appointment.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure that saves and restores an infected tooth. It’s a common dental procedure and one that has seen vast improvements in recent years. 

The outermost layer of your teeth is a thin, hard shell of enamel. Next lies a layer of hard tissue called dentin. Beneath your dentin is a hollow chamber filled with a soft tissue called pulp. 

Your pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues. This soft tissue can become infected due to fracture, traumatic injury, or advanced dental decay. The resulting infection is often very painful. Left untreated, an infected tooth can cause an abscess at the root or lead to tooth loss. 

A root canal treats the infection, so you do not lose a natural tooth.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

The most common sign of an infected tooth is pain when biting down on food or while chewing. Additional signs that a root canal may be necessary include:

  • Lingering sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Small sores or pimples on your gums
  • A chipped or cracked tooth
  • Darkened gum tissue
  • Swollen or tender gums

If you notice any of these changes, call 286 Madison Dental to schedule a diagnostic exam. Using digital X-rays, your dentist can pinpoint the troublesome tooth and infection to guide the root canal procedure.

What happens during a root canal?

During a root canal, the targeted tooth and surrounding area are numb, so you can relax during treatment. First, your dentist creates a small opening in the top portion of your tooth. This allows access to the inner chamber. 

Special tools called dental files can reach down into the pulp chamber to remove all traces of infected pulp. Once clear, your dentist disinfects the chamber before using a material called gutta-percha to fill the cavity, and a dental cement ensures the material remains in place. 

They close the opening and usually fabricate a dental crown to cover the entire treated tooth. The practice offers in-house CERECⓇ technology that can create a custom crown in just one day. Once your dentist cements the crown into place, the restoration is complete. Your tooth will look and function just like your natural teeth. 

If you suspect you may need a root canal, call or schedule an appointment online with 286 Madison Dental for a thorough diagnostic work-up.