Our Root Canal Dentist in Midtown Manhattan, NY
A toothache has a way of interrupting every aspect of your life because you feel it every time you chew, drink, and speak. In certain cases, an infection may cause severe tooth pain. At Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry-Marianna Farber D.D.S., we can eliminate the infection and alleviate the pain through gentle root canal therapy. We are passionate about helping you get back to a pain-free life through quality dental care.
We proudly serve the residents of New York and the surrounding areas. Our dental office accepts numerous PPO insurance plans so you can get the relief you need without straining your finances. We are ready to help you smile without pain. Contact us today to set up an appointment.
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy is a dental procedure that treats an infected tooth. When nerves and soft tissue inside of your tooth, called the pulp, become infected, it causes a toothache that will get worse until the infection is removed. If you wait too long, the infection may spread to the neighboring teeth. To save the tooth structure, the dentist will gently remove all infected tissue, eliminating infection and keeping the outer tooth intact.
What Is the Root Canal Process?
Our gentle dentist understands that when you’re in pain, you want relief as soon as possible. From the moment you contact us about your tooth pain, we put you first and try to schedule an appointment on the same day whenever possible.
Our dentist will perform a thorough evaluation to determine the severity of the infection. Once we have determined the extent of the infection, we will discuss root canal therapy and walk you through the procedure so you know what to expect at every step.
Root canal therapy is a fairly straightforward treatment. We begin by numbing the area to get you out of pain as soon as possible. From there, our dentist will make a tiny access point and gently clean out the infected pulp, then fill the space with medication to prevent infection. Finally, your tooth will be sealed and protected with a filling or dental crown, depending on your needs.
Healing from Root Canal Therapy
Our friendly dentist will give you instructions and tips to help you heal quickly from root canal therapy. It’s important to avoid drinking alcohol or using tobacco products during recovery because they can inflame the gum tissue and cause additional pain and swelling. You should also avoid hard foods or brushing your teeth too rigorously around the area.
We suggest that you only eat soft foods such as pasta, mashed potatoes, and smoothies during your healing process. You can also swish a warm salt water solution in your mouth to encourage proper healing and help prevent further infections. If you have any discomfort after the procedure, taking over-the-counter pain medicine can help relieve your pain.
Root Canal Therapy FAQs
We encourage you to ask questions and share your concerns, and we are happy to provide all of the answers and information you need to make an educated decision regarding your oral health. Here are some of the most common questions we receive.
There are specific symptoms to watch out for that indicate you may need root canal therapy. These signs include swelling of the gums, severe pain when chewing, tooth discoloration, and an abscess near the tooth. You may even notice a constant bad taste in your mouth, which can indicate the presence of pus from an infection, or your tooth may turn grey, which means it is either unhealthy or the nerves are already dead.
Root canal therapy is a procedure to alleviate the pain caused by an infection of the tooth. You may experience some discomfort during the treatment, but we will do everything possible to maximize your comfort.
Root canal therapy is both safe and effective. Many people undergo this treatment, with nearly all procedures being fully successful. After the procedure, it is important that you follow the directions our dentist gives you so you heal as quickly as possible.