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Root Canals Specialist

Greene Street Dental

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in SoHo, New York, NY

Despite what you’ve seen on movies and TV shows, root canals actually aren’t that bad. In fact, a root canal can actually alleviate a great deal of pain by successfully eradicating diseased or damaged tissue within your tooth. The team of dedicated professionals at Greene Street Dental in SoHo, Manhattan, provides safe and effective root canals that give your smile a new lease on life. Schedule a visit to the state-of-the-art clinic today by calling the New York City office or booking an appointment online.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal?

Root canal treatment, or endodontic treatment, is a technologically advanced procedure to remove damaged or diseased pulp from your tooth. 

The pulp is the soft tissue inside your tooth. When it’s damaged or infected, it swells, pinching the nerves within and causing a great deal of pain.

In the past, the only way to treat a tooth with damaged or diseased pulp was to extract it entirely. A root canal has the benefit of keeping more of your natural tooth structures intact, which has significant advantages for your overall oral health.

What are the symptoms of a damaged or infected tooth?

Some of the indications that your tooth might have damaged or infected pulp include:

  • Toothache or severe pain in your tooth
  • A discolored or dark tooth
  • A bad taste in your mouth that won’t go away
  • Pus around your gumline
  • A small pimple-like pocket of pus near the tip of your tooth’s root

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule a visit with Greene Street Dental immediately to evaluate whether you need a root canal treatment. 

Is it dangerous to avoid a root canal?

When you don’t treat a damaged or infected tooth, it simply gets worse. You might develop an abscess and the infection can spread deeper within your tooth, eventually leaving the tooth to decay entirely and fall out. 

The infection can also spread to other teeth in your mouth, as well as your jawbone and even your bloodstream, causing sepsis.

Movies and TV shows make root canals seem like the scariest procedure at the dentist’s office, but in reality, they’re really no more painful or uncomfortable than a filling. 

If you suspect you need a root canal, don’t delay getting treatment. Schedule a visit with Greene Street Dental immediately. 

What happens during a root canal?

First, your dentist uses a local anesthetic to numb your tooth and the nearby tissues. Then, they protect the rest of your teeth and mouth with a rubber dental dam.

Once you’re numb, they drill a small hole in the top of your tooth to access the diseased pulp within. They use a series of small files, called endodontic files, to safely and gently extract your pulp.

After they remove all of the decayed pulp, they clean your tooth, sterilize it, and fill it with a natural rubber compound called gutta percha. They use a filling to seal the access hole in the top of your tooth, then reinforce the strength and structural integrity of your tooth with a dental crown.

To get started with your root canal, schedule a consultation at Greene Street Dental today by calling the office or booking a visit online.