One of the worst injustices in the world of dentistry is the reputation assigned to the treatment known as the root canal. It is a relative hero of the dental world because it provides so many benefits and it is almost entirely painless.
Unfortunately, many people dread the idea of a root canal, but it is actually one of the finest methods for saving an adult tooth, restoring it to health and good function and it is not the painful experience that many believe. This is why Dr. William Schlesinger, DDS and his team at their Upper East Side, NY office are happy to offer root canal treatment along with all of their other forms of dentistry.
Just what is a root canal? In the most simplified explanation, it is when the interior of the tooth, known as the pulp, has decayed to such an extent that it has reached the root. This causes the material to become infected and this harms the nerve as well as the structure of the tooth. The root canal, removes all of the damaged material, fills it with a protective compound, and then seals the top of the tooth with a new dental crown.
In other words, the root canal stops pain and allows you to begin to quickly use the damaged tooth just like normal. It has a remarkably high success rate and in our dental office we use such advanced technologies that there is almost no discomfort experienced at any point in the procedure.
Though it is part of general dentistry, it can be said that the root canal is restorative too. It takes a tooth that is compromised and painful and repairs it to a condition where it can be used as normal from that point forward. The crown or top of the tooth is replaced with a dental crown in most cases because Dr. Schlesinger may have had to remove this area to access the roots, and this too enhances the performance of the tooth in the future.
The only after care for a root canal will be your regular checkups and cleanings. The crown will not decay or break and the roots have been cleaned and stabilized, with all of the infection removed. The pain ends as soon as the treatment is done, though you may have some inflammation or tenderness, just as you do with traditional fillings.
If you have concerns about dental pain and think you may need a root canal, don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can give us a call at 212-517-4660. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.