Root Canals

Roman Roytberg, DDS -  - Cosmetic Dentistry

Waverly Place Dental

Roman Roytberg, DDS

Cosmetic Dentistry & General Dentistry located in West Village, New York, NY

Just the words “root canal” can cause the hairs to stand up on the back of your neck. Roman Roytberg, DDS, provides hassle-free, pain-free root canals at Waverly Place Dental in New York City. At the West Village office, Dr. Roytberg routinely performs this tooth-saving treatment that relieves the pain of an infection in your tooth. To learn more, schedule a consultation at the office and see for yourself how simple and easy a root canal can be.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a tooth-saving treatment that targets infection in your tooth’s root. The procedure alleviates pain and restores the health and function of your tooth. Root canal therapy involves removing the damaged pulp inside the tooth. 

You need a root canal when inflammation or infection affects the roots of a tooth, specifically the pulp inside it. If left untreated, an infected or inflamed pulp can progress and lead to severe decay or even tooth loss.

How does a root canal work?

First, Dr. Roytberg uses a local anesthetic to numb the affected tooth, minimizing discomfort during the procedure. He also places a rubber sheet around the tooth to keep it clean and dry throughout.

Once everything is set up, Dr. Roytberg begins by using a special dental drill to create a hole in the top of your tooth. This creates access to the pulp inside. With special dental instruments, he then carefully removes the damaged pulp. Next, he cleans the inner chamber of your tooth with water and disinfectant material.

To finish up, Dr. Roytberg fills in the canal with a rubber-like material and seals the top of your tooth.

What is the recovery like after a root canal?

After a root canal, there’s no significant downtime. But there is one important follow-up — Dr. Roytberg may recommend getting a dental crown to provide extra protection from future damage or infection for the affected tooth. A crown can also help restore the tooth’s healthy appearance.

Within a week or two of your root canal, you’ll come back to the office for a follow-up visit. During this visit, Dr. Roytberg evaluates your tooth to make sure there aren’t any remaining signs of infection.

Is a root canal painful?

This is a common misconception. No, a root canal isn’t painful. In fact, root canals relieve pain.  It’s also important to note that Dr. Roytberg uses sedation during root canal therapy to make the procedure as comfortable and straightforward as possible. 

After a root canal procedure, the pain and sensitivity you were experiencing before treatment on your infected pulp will disappear altogether. Sensitivity may continue for a few days afterward, but this subsides quickly.

Do you have questions or concerns about a root canal? Then call the office or book a consultation online today and meet with Dr. Roytberg to quell any fear or anxiety you might have.