Microscopic root canal therapy is a treatment used to “save” a tooth when the nerve becomes infected or the pulp becomes damaged. The alternative to a root canal is generally extracting the tooth. For the optimum outcome, root canals are often performed by specialists called Endodontists. Endodontists have at least two extra years of training beyond dental school that focuses on diagnosing tooth pain and performing root canal treatment and other procedures relating to the interior of the tooth.
Our Endodontist, Dr. Pat, is at our 25 West 68th Street location every Wednesday so you can see a specially trained provider at the office that you know and trust. For new patients, your first appointment will be a a limited exam and x-ray with a general dentist, or a 30 minute consultation with Dr. Pat. In both cases, our goal will be provide an accurate diagnosis and make sure a root canal is the best treatment choice for you. If you’re in pain, we can take steps to help you feel better until your root canal appointment. Then we can schedule your treatment with Dr. Pat. If time allows we might be able to offer same provide root canal treatment.
During the treatment, Dr. Pat will remove the nerve and pulp of your tooth, then clean, and seal it. He uses a special microscope so that the entire procedure is minimally invasive. For many people, root canal therapy is one of the most feared procedures in all of dentistry. However, at Central Park West Dentistry, we make it our number one priority to ensure your comfort, so there is absolutely nothing to fear.
After your root canal, we’ll probably recommend that you protect the tooth with a crown. Since the tooth’s nerves and blood supply have been removed, it becomes fragile. Protecting it with a strong, natural-looking crown can increase the prognosis of the tooth by six times.
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