Root canals help men and women preserve their natural teeth and avoid extractions following extensive damage or decay. Dr. Joshua S. Rubin is a leading provider of root canal therapy in Midtown East, New York City, NY (located across from Grand Central), using advanced approaches to help patients avoid tooth loss and enjoy better overall oral health.
Root canal treatment is a procedure used to treat decay and other damage inside the central portion of the tooth called the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues that support the health of the tooth, and it extends from the central portion of the tooth down to the root and jaw bone in narrow channels or canals. Root canal therapy (or RCT) removes the damaged pulp while preserving the surrounding tooth material so a tooth extraction can be avoided.
Generally speaking, it’s almost always a better choice to save a natural tooth rather than have it pulled. That’s because teeth are designed to work in pairs, and disrupting that balance can also disrupt established bite mechanics, resulting in jaw strain and an increased risk for chronic headaches and a painful condition called temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). Plus, preserving a tooth is less costly than having it extracted and replacing it with a denture, bridge or implant.
Root canals use the same basic approach as a “regular” filling: Remove the damaged portion, seal the area and fill it to provide support and maintain the integrity of the tooth. Special instruments and techniques are used to access the narrow channels where damage is located. Once the tooth has been treated and filled, a crown will be needed to protect the tooth and provide additional strength. During the root canal appointment, an impression will be made of the treated tooth and sent to a dental lab where the crown will be custom crafted. A temporary crown will be placed on the tooth to protect it while the permanent crown is being made. The permanent crown will be placed on the tooth during a second appointment.
Dr Rubin’s practice uses the most advanced pain management techniques to reduce or eliminate pain during and after treatment. Once treatment is complete, over-the-counter pain medications can be used to manage any temporary discomfort that does occur.
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