At New Roc Dental, we are dedicated to helping you maintain a healthy smile. When you are suffering from tooth decay or a dental injury, we will do everything possible to preserve and restore your natural teeth.
Sometimes, the best way to treat severe injuries or infections is by performing a root canal. Thankfully, with modern advances in technology and anesthetics, you won’t have to worry about having a painful or traumatic experience. At New Roc Dental, we can beautifully restore and repair your tooth with a root canal.
What is a Root Canal?
Cavities start small. If we can catch a cavity early enough, we may be able to treat it with a filling. Unfortunately, over time tooth decay may begin to spread into the roots and gums. In this case, a simple filling may not be effective.
With a root canal, we can access the lower layers of a tooth to remove the infection. This treatment allows us to preserve your tooth and avoid an extraction. Dr. Wynter usually recommends a root canal when there is no other way to treat a damaged or infected tooth.
What is the Procedure?
To begin, Dr. Wynter will inject a local anesthetic near the tooth to numb the area. You will be fully awake but will not feel any discomfort during your procedure. Next, she will make an incision at the top of your tooth to access the cavity and roots. She will clean out the infection and sanitize the inside of your tooth before filling the hole with a firm resin. Finally, we will place a custom dental crown to support and protect your tooth.
Are Root Canals Safe?
Yes! Unlike what you might see portrayed in movies, root canals are safe and effective! With anesthetic, you won’t feel any discomfort during your procedure. After your treatment, we will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for your tooth as it heals.
Why Do I Need a Root Canal?
Generally, infections won’t just go away. If left untreated, an infection can spread into the roots, gums, and surrounding area. Without a root canal, this infection may get worse. Eventually, you may experience tooth loss, or we may need to remove an infected tooth ourselves. Although it might sound unpleasant, a root canal is often the best way to save a tooth and preserve your natural smile.
If you think you have a cavity and may need a root canal, call our office at 914-235-8065. We would be happy to schedule an appointment for you!