Root Canal Specialist

Angela Lee, DDS -  - Dentist

Lee Dental & Facial

Angela Lee, DDS

Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Midtown East, New York, NY & Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Dr. Lee uses advanced methods and techniques for root canal therapy, helping patients in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, and throughout New York City treat deep decay and preserve their natural teeth.

Root Canal Q & A

by Angela Lee, DDS

What is a root canal?

Sometimes called root canal therapy or endodontic therapy, a root canal is a procedure that removes the central portion of a tooth called the pulp. The pulp travels through canals from the root and contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue that support tooth health. Sometimes, this central pulp portion can become damaged by trauma or decay. When that happens, a root canal is performed to remove the damaged pulp and fill the canals with a special material aimed at preserving the tooth's strength and integrity so it does not have to be extracted, or pulled.

What happens during a root canal?

Today's root canal procedures use advanced techniques to make treatment more effective and simpler than ever before. During the procedure, your tooth will be numbed and in a few cases, sedation may also be used to help you relax. Special instruments are used to reach deep into the canals to remove decayed and damaged pulp material, then the area is sealed and filled to prevent further infection and help strengthen the tooth. Most patients also have a crown to provide additional strength and to hide any potential discoloration that may develop once the pulp is removed.

Is a root canal better than an extraction?

In general, it's always better to preserve a tooth rather than have it pulled. When a tooth is pulled, the bone supporting the tooth can begin to atrophy, or disintegrate, enabling neighboring tooth roots to shift and become loose. Over time, these teeth can also be lost or become badly decayed. Having an implant can help preserve bone and prevent it from atrophying, but it's much more costly than a root canal. Plus, maintaining your own tooth helps you avoid dentures and maintain your normal bite pattern.

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