Root Canal Treatment in New York

Explanation of a Root Canal Procedure

Root Canal Procedure

Endodontic treatment a.k.a a Root Canal – can save your tooth, which is always the preferred option over tooth loss/extraction. 



How do endodontists in Manhattan accomplish root canal therapy?

The dentists at Fifth Avenue Endodontics, in New York, begin the endodontic therapy by carefully and completely removing the inflamed or infected pulp, then cleaning and shaping the inside of the canal (the canal is the chamber inside the root of the tooth). Once done, the endodontist fills and seals the space. After this procedure, you’ll return to your dentist, who will place a crown or other restoration on the tooth to protect and restore it. Once the restoration is done, the tooth will function like any other tooth. 

Will I feel pain during or after the root canal therapy?

The majority of endodontic operations are done to treat toothaches caused by pulp inflammation or infection. Root canal specialists in New York perform RTC that is nearly painless using advanced methods and anesthetics. Your tooth may feel sensitive or sore for the first few days after treatment, especially if there was pain or infection prior to the operation. Over-the-counter or prescription drugs can help alleviate the discomfort. Carefully follow your endodontist’s provided aftercare instructions. After your treatment, the tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for a while. If you experience sharp pain for more than a few days, reach out to your endodontist. 

What are the steps in a root canal/ endodontic procedure?

Endodontic therapy usually takes one or two sessions and includes the following procedures:

  • The endodontist examines the tooth and takes x-rays before injecting local anesthesia. After numbing the tooth, it’s covered with a tiny protective sheet called a dental dam to isolate it and keep it clean and free of saliva during the surgery. 
  • The endodontist drills a hole in the tooth’s crown. Cleaning the contaminated pulp from the pulp chamber and root canals and shaping the space for filling is done with very small devices.
  • After cleaning and shaping the space, the endodontist fills the root canals with a biocompatible, highly durable rubber-like material. The endodontist then uses adhesive cement to close the root canals completely. Most of the time, the endodontist uses a temporary filler to close the gap. Once the tooth is restored, the endodontist will remove the temporary filling.

NOTE: If the tooth lacks sufficient structure to hold the restoration in place, your dentist or endodontist may place a post inside the tooth. Ask your dentist or endodontist for more details about the specific restoration planned for your tooth.

How much will a root canal therapy cost you in Manhattan, New York?

In Manhattan, the cost of root canal therapy depends on which tooth is involved and how severe is its condition. Because molars are more difficult to treat, the charge is typically more. Most dental insurance policies cover endodontic treatment. In most cases, root canal operations and natural tooth restoration are less expensive than having the tooth pulled. Root canal therapy allows you to keep your natural teeth while also saving money.

Based on research, without insurance an RTC in New York City can cost between $700 to $1,100 on average for the front tooth, $800 to $1,200 on average for the bicuspid or mid-mouth $1,200 to $1,800 on average for molars.* With insurance an RTC can run you $200 to $1,100 on average for the front tooth and bicuspid and $300 to $1,500 on average for a molar*


Will the tooth need any special care post endodontic treatment?

You should avoid chewing or biting on the treated tooth until the endodontist restores it. Because the unrestored tooth is prone to fracture, you should see your dentist as soon as possible for a full restoration. Otherwise, excellent dental hygiene, such as brushing, flossing, and frequent examinations and cleanings, is all that is required. Endodontically treated teeth, on average, last as long as normal teeth. 

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