One-Visit Root Canals in Brooklyn, NY
Our highly trained board certified dentists have performed hundreds of root canals and do everything possible to make the procedures fast and comfortable.
Our Root Canal Procedure
Before recommending a root canal, we collect a thorough dental history of the patient and perform an examination, including digital x-rays. This aids in the accurate diagnosis of any tooth that may need a root canal.
Our root canals are fast and comfortable thanks to the use of motorized rotary instruments and controlled injections. We use motorized rotary files to perform root canals in one visit, often less than an hour. Traditionally root canals are done using a hand file, which has the possibility of breaking inside the tooth. With the motorized rotary tool, root canals are faster and more comfortable than old-fashioned drilling.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a remarkable treatment (with a high success rate) done to save a tooth that is badly damaged or infected by removing the diseased tissue and halting the spread of infection, restoring the healthy portion of the tooth.
The pulp, or living part of the tooth, is made up of nerves and blood vessels. It becomes infected or dies for a number of reasons:
- Decay – bacteria causing tooth decay (cavities) infects the pulp
- Trauma – a traumatic injury can cause an inflammation of the pulp
- Deep Fillings – fillings that have been placed too close to the pulp chamber cause of tooth decay or tooth fracture
- Unexplained- sometimes the pulp can become inflamed and can die for no apparent reason
An infected pulp that is not treated cannot heal on its own, and can extend through the root tip and begin to eat away at the surrounding bone. It can weaken the entire immune system, which can be dangerous, not to mention very painful.
What are the Symptoms of a tooth that needs a root canal?
- Sensitivity or lingering toothache when having hot, cold or sweet foods
- Pain when chewing or biting
- Pain so intense it wakes you up at night
- Pain that starts in one tooth and spreads to other regions of the jaw or head. (ie: an infected lower molar (back tooth) may cause you to feel pain the ear!
- Swelling on your gum
- Bad taste in the mouth.
- An Abscess (small pockets of pus that develop from the spread of infection)
Sometimes, however, no symptoms are apparent and the person is unaware of any problem until a checkup.
Patients who have root canal experience little or no discomfort or pain, and enjoy a restored tooth that can last almost as long as its healthy original.
To see if you need a painless root canal, set up your consultation appointment today.