If you have a broken, decayed, or otherwise compromised tooth, you may benefit from a root canal treatment. Though this important dental procedure is notorious for being painful or tedious, it is actually a common, safe, and pain-free treatment which could potentially save your tooth from needing extraction. Find out more with Dr. Brandon Huang at New York Dental Studio in Midtown Manhattan, New York, NY.
How does a root canal work?
Dentists use a root canal on teeth which have been compromised due to severe decay or damage from injury or trauma. Though widely believed to be a painful and long procedure, root canals are actually painless thanks to local anesthetic and normally last under an hour. Your dentist will use specialized tools to clean the damaged or decayed tissue and the tooth’s nerve from the tooth’s inner pulp chamber. After removing the inner chamber’s contents and scrubbing the inside of the tooth and its roots clean, your dentist fills the tooth with composite resin materials.
How can a root canal help me?
In most cases, a damaged or heavily decayed tooth has two treatment options: a root canal or extraction of the tooth. While extraction may seem like the more simple answer, it comes with many side effects which affect your smile long-term. Your teeth’s roots lie within the jawbone underneath the gum tissue. A missing tooth no longer stimulates the bone, causing it to degrade, a process called bone atrophy. A root canal preserves the tooth’s natural structure, avoiding bone atrophy and its side effects.
Root Canal Treatments in Midtown Manhattan, New York, NY
Root canals are often followed by a dental procedure to place a dental crown on top of the tooth. The crown, made from porcelain and created in a dental laboratory, fits over the tooth to protect and stabilize the tooth against further damage. Since the laboratory requires about two weeks to create the crown, you will most likely need a second dental appointment after your root canal. Your dentist can help you determine if a root canal with a crown is the best treatment option for you.
For more information on root canal treatments, please contact Dr. Brandon Huang in Midtown Manhattan, New York, NY. Call (212) 588-1809 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Huang today!