Yelena Shapiro, DDS, MS
Prosthodontist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Murray Hill, New York, NY
A root canal is the most commonly performed endodontic procedure because it has been proven to save and restore teeth. If you have a damaged or severely decayed tooth, book a root canal consultation at the practice of Yelena Shapiro DDS in Murray Hill, Manhattan, today. You can conveniently book an exam directly through the website or you can call the office in New York City to schedule by phone.
Root Canal Q & A
Why do I need a root canal?
It’s important to come to the office of Yelena Shapiro DDS if you have severe tooth trauma (like a fracture) or if you’re experiencing symptoms of damaged pulp. Dr. Shapiro may recommend a root canal if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Recurring pimple on your gums
- Gum swelling or tenderness
- Prolonged tooth sensitivity
- Severe tooth discoloration
- Severe toothache
You may also need a root canal if you have visible signs of an abscess, such as pus or bleeding around your tooth.
What is a root canal?
A root canal involves cleaning and removing all components of your inner tooth, which leaves the structure of your tooth intact. This inner material, called pulp, contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. The pulp is important for providing nourishment for your tooth, but if your tooth is damaged or decayed, removing the pulp is important.
During your root canal, Dr. Shapiro makes a small hole in your tooth and creates an opening into the pulp chamber. She uses dental tools to remove all of your tooth’s pulp and then thoroughly cleans the canals of your inner tooth. Dr. Shapiro reshapes your tooth canals and fills in the open space with gutta-percha, a rubber-like dental material.
Modern root canal procedures are much quicker and less invasive than in years past. Undergoing a root canal allows Dr. Shapiro to save your tooth and prevent extraction, which preserves your normal bite and smile.
Will I need a crown after a root canal?
Usually, yes. Once your root canal is complete, Dr. Shapiro needs to ensure the tooth is fully protected, so no bacteria gets in. Dr. Shapiro is likely going to reshape your tooth and fit you for a temporary crown.
She takes a few impressions of your tooth, so the dental lab can fabricate your porcelain crown. Within a week or two, your crown arrives in the clinic and Dr. Shapiro has you come back to bond it into place.
If you have a painful tooth or know you need a root canal, contact the office of Yelena Shapiro DDS today. Click on the online scheduling tool or call the clinic to book your root canal evaluation.