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5 Reasons Why You Should Choose a Root Canal Specialist in NYC

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There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding root canal treatments. One of the biggest mistaken beliefs that patients have is that any dentist can successfully perform root canal procedures.

As a root canal specialist in NYC, I can see how readers might think I’m biased when it comes to this issue. Let me assure you—there are a number of reasons why patients should have a NYC root canal specialist perform the needed treatment rather than going to a general dentist.

The Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Choose an Endodontic Specialist

The American Association of Endodontists (AAE) published several Endodontic Facts about why patients should consider a root canal. These are the top 5:

  1. General Dentists Perform 0-2 Root Canals on Average per Week

In comparison, Manhattan Endodontists, Dr. Kim and Dr. Iofin, perform around 25 treatments each week. Excellence comes from practice, so wouldn’t it make sense to have a procedure done from someone who has more experience?

  1. Patients Who Have Experienced Endodontic Treatments Are Happy With the Results

Patients who decide to invest in treatment from a specialist are typically very happy with their decision. In fact, the AAE found that 89 percent of patients who had treatment done by an endodontic specialist were satisfied with their experience.

  1. General Dentists Trust Endodontic Specialists

Typically, general dentists refer around half of their root canal patients to an Endodontist. And, 87 percent of general dentists say that the work root canal specialists do is worth the cost. Most likely this is due to two factors: experience-based excellence and having the knowledge and equipment to take care of difficult cases.

  1. The Dental Community Has Good Things to Say about Endodontists

It’s not just general dentists that have good things to say about Endodontists. Within the dental community—which includes general dentists and specialists—94 percent had a very positive perception of the care provided by an Endodontist.

  1. Dental Educators Would Prefer Treatment Done By a Root Canal Specialist

Those who train dentists have a high opinion of Endodontists as well. Ninety percent of educators would seek out an Endodontist if they needed a root canal, while 93 percent think they’re “an essential part of the dental health care team”. And, when it comes to dental technology and cutting edge techniques, 87 percent of dental educators believe Endodontists are one of the most reliable sources.

How Patients Feel About Fifth Avenue Endodontics

If you need endodontic treatment, why not consider a NYC root canal specialist? You will find some of the best endodontic care at Fifth Avenue Endodontics. I invite you to check out our online reviews. We have consistently received 5-star reviews from satisfied patients. If you would like more information about our office or would like to schedule an appointment, please give us a call. We look forward to helping you with your endodontic needs.

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Endodontic Treatment versus Dental Implants

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While the ultimate recommendation of what to do with a tooth that needs repair is subject to a consultation with your NYC endodontist, it is important for everyone to understand what the options are and what the outcomes will be between endodontic treatments and implants.

How endodontic treatments differ from dental implants

Root canals are endodontic treatments that involve a sequence of treatments used to treat the infected pulp of a tooth. Root canals eliminate infection and protect the treated tooth from further infection. The root canals of a tooth are the hollows within the root of a tooth that house the nerves, blood vessels, and other tissues, altogether called pulp.

root canal myth, extraction vs. root canalIn a root canal procedure, the endodontist cleans out these hollows and decontaminates them before filling them with an inert filling and a cement that is eugenol-based. Epoxy resin is sometimes used to bind the inert material, usually gutta-percha, to the tooth. The tooth will then get a temporary crown while awaiting a permanent crown.

A dental implant requires surgery to implant a dental prosthesis, so that it interfaces successfully with the jawbone or skull. In the implant, materials like titanium are used to form a bond with bone. This process is called osseointegration, and next (after a period of healing) a dental prosthesis is added. There are several factors involved with this process: the health of the bone and gums and the stress that will be place on the tooth implanted. The resulting implant may be either fixed or removable, depending on the patient’s circumstances.

Which is the better choice?

Last year, NYC Endodontists Mian K. Iqbal, DMD, MS and Syngcuk Kim, DDS, PhD undertook a scholarly systematic review of all the studies on that question that had been published. Their paper weighed all the study results to determine what the differences in outcomes of endodontically restored teeth are when compared with (single tooth) restorations that were supported by implants.

Their results showed that both methods of tooth restoration lasted well during the study periods (from 5 to 8 years). In situations where either method is viable, there were few studies to suggest which was the better approach. In creating a treatment plan, the NYC endodontist and the patient need to look at a wide variety of factors before choosing which method of restoration is best for the patient. Saving a tooth if at all possible, however is the preferred method of Fifth Avenue Endodontics

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Dr. Kim and Dr. Iofin believe in treating each patient with the therapy that is best for the patient. When you have tooth pain in New York City, there is no better place to go than to see them at Fifth Avenue Endodontics. You will be pain free in no time.