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Root Canal Therapy Specialist

Beth Caunitz, DDS -  - General Dentist

Beth Caunitz, DDS

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Midtown Manhattan, New York, NY

When your dentist recommends root canal therapy to clean, strengthen, and save your tooth, you may worry that it’s going to be painful. Beth Caunitz, DDS, an expert dentist in Midtown Manhattan, New York, performs root canal therapy with sedation dentistry so you stay comfortable during the whole procedure. If you live or work in Manhattan, call Dr. Caunitz’s friendly staff to set up an appointment for root canal therapy, or use the online contact form.

Root Canal Therapy Q & A

What is root canal therapy?

Root canal therapy is a dental procedure designed to clean infectious material from your tooth and its root canals, which are long, nerve-filled tubes that run down the roots of your tooth. By performing a root canal procedure, Dr. Caunitz saves the tooth from being destroyed by decay and preserves its structure so that the tooth doesn’t have to be extracted.

When do I need root canal therapy?

You need root canal therapy when the decayed matter in an infected tooth passes into the sensitive nerves and blood vessels in your root canals. You may have developed the infection due to a chip or break in your tooth, a cavity, or a crack in your enamel that allows bacteria to pass into your tooth’s pulp and roots. The infection may also have developed into an abscess.

If your root canals are infected and your tooth is in good enough shape to save, root canal therapy is your best option. Root canal therapy lets you keep your tooth and also ensures that your other teeth stay safe, healthy, and well-aligned. The only other treatment for infected root canals is extraction of the tooth.

What are the symptoms of infected root canals?

Pain and sensitivity are the primary symptoms that your root canals are infected. You may need root canal therapy if you have:

  • Severe pain in a tooth or teeth
  • Pain when you eat
  • Persistent tooth sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Swollen or lumpy gums
  • Red, inflamed gums
  • Painful gums
  • A dark tooth
  • A discolored tooth

When you have tooth or gum symptoms, call Dr. Caunitz right away.

What happens when I get root canal therapy?

Dr. Caunitz first discusses sedation dentistry options with you. Her goal is to make your procedure as pain-free and comfortable as possible. After the treatment area has been numbed, she then:

  • Creates a hole to reach the pulp and root canals
  • Removes the infected pulp
  • Cleans, disinfects, and shapes the root canals
  • Fills the root canals and hole to stabilize the tooth
  • Seals the tooth with a filling or crown

The entire procedure takes about one to two hours per tooth. Your mouth may be sore and swollen for several days, but you should be able to return to your normal routine directly after the procedure.

To find out if you need root canal therapy to save your tooth, call Dr. Caunitz’s helpful staff or reach out with the contact form.