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Root Canal Specialist (Endodontics)

19 S Broadway White Plains, NY 10601 • (914) 948-0088

At White Plains Dental our root canal specialist uses specialized tools and anesthetics that make root canals easy and painless. Here are a few answers to the most common questions people have about root canal procedures.

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure meant to save a damaged tooth that has become badly infected or decayed. During a root canal, a root canal specialist will remove the nerve and some pulp material. The inside of the affected tooth is cleaned out and sealed. Teeth that are in need of this procedure can develop serious infections and may form an abscess. Because the nerve inside a tooth is not vital to the function of the tooth, but only provides sensory information about the tooth, it is considered expendable when the removal of rotting tissues becomes necessary.

How do I know I need a root canal?

When a tooth becomes decayed to the point where infection may spread into the bloodstream, or damage other teeth- you need a root canal. Sometimes there are no signs that you are in need of this procedure, which can be unfortunate since any warning about a potentially dangerous infection would be helpful.

Signs and symptoms include:

  • Acute tooth pain when chewing.
  • Sensitivity to temperatures and pain that continues after the heat or cold is removed.
  • Swelling of the gums around the tooth.
  • Discoloration or darkening of the tooth.
  • Recurring or persistent pimples in the gums.

How Painful will is root canal

Our root canal specialist utilizes advanced toos when performing the procedure and makes having a root canal no more painful than the replacement of a filling.

What happens during the procedure?

We first take an x-ray in order to see the shape of your tooth’s canal and to find signs of infection. During the procedure, the specialist will dry the area around the infected tooth and use an oral dam to keep saliva away from the area. After the patient is anesthetized, a hole will be drilled in the tooth to access the infected tissues. The cleaning process will begin before the tooth is sealed off permanently.

What is the success rate of root canals?

At White Plains Dentally root canals are among the most common procedures performed by our dental team and success rates are extremely high.

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