Root Canal

Bar and Smith Dental

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

Advances in dental technology have made root canal procedures no more painful or disruptive than a traditional filling. At Bar and Smith Dental, in the Upper East Side of New York City, Isaac Bar, DMD, and Tyler Smith, DMD, use state-of-the-art root canal procedures to protect and preserve your teeth. If you need a root canal, look no further than Bar and Smith Dental for expert care. Call or make an appointment online today.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure to remove decay from the interior of your tooth. While root canals have a reputation for being painful, modern dental techniques have transformed root canals into quick, comfortable procedures to protect and preserve your teeth. In fact, it’s the infection that causes the pain, and the root canal fixes that, therefore taking the pain away.

Your tooth consists of the enamel shell, the dentin interior, and the pulpy center that holds the blood vessels and nerves that keep your teeth alive. In most cases, decay occurs on the exterior of a tooth, and your dentist can provide a simple filling to remove the decay and protect your tooth.

However, in some cases, tooth decay can penetrate deep into your tooth and affect the pulpy interior. Interior tooth decay can damage the nerves and blood vessels and is a common cause of adult tooth loss. A root canal removes the decay and seals your tooth to protect it and help you keep your smile.

Why are the signs that I need a root canal?

Some of the common signs that you might need a root canal include:

  • Toothache
  • Jaw pain
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Swollen tender gums

However, it’s also possible that you won’t have any symptoms, and the first sign that you need a root canal is signs of decay on a dental X-ray. Make sure to have regular dental appointments and X-rays so the dentists at Bar and Smith Dental can monitor the health of your teeth.

What happens during a root canal?

Modern root canal procedures at Bar and Smith Dental are similar to traditional fillings. Your dentist begins by thoroughly numbing your tooth and the surrounding tissue. When you are completely numb, your dentist removes the decayed tissue from your tooth.

After they finish removing the decay, they clean the interior of your tooth, making sure that no debris remains.

Finally, they fill your tooth with dental cement and close the hole with a filling. Depending on the extent of your root canal, your dentist may take impressions and images of your tooth to be sent to a dental lab to make a crown to cover and protect your tooth.

If you need a dental crown, you have an additional appointment for your dentist to fit your crown.

If you’re due for a dental checkup or have tooth pain or sensitivity, call Bar and Smith Dental or make an appointment online today to see if a root canal is needed.