Root Canal

Teeth by Keith: Keith Marshall, DDS

General Dentistry & Preventive Dentistry Specialist located in Gramercy, New York, NY

Few phrases can scare an adult-like “root canal,” but with advances in dentistry, you need not fear this tooth-saving procedure. At Teeth by Keith: Keith Marshall, DDS in Gramercy Park, Manhattan, experienced dentist Dr. Marshall performs laser root canals, which cause far less discomfort than traditional root canals. To schedule a root canal or find out your treatment options for a damaged tooth, call the New York City office today or use the online booking tool.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure to relieve tooth pain and save decayed, infected, or injured teeth. During a root canal, Dr. Marshall removes the dental pulp, the area at the center of the tooth that’s made of nerves and tissues, from the affected tooth. He then fills the center of your tooth and seals it.

Following a root canal, you have a healthy, functioning tooth that can last the rest of your life with proper care. The dental pulp helps your teeth detect sensations like hot and cold, but you can chew food and perform other everyday functions just fine without it. 

Dr. Marshall may recommend reinforcing your tooth after a root canal with a crown or other restoration.

When is it necessary to get a root canal?

You need a root canal when your dental pulp becomes infected or inflamed. This may happen because of an untreated cavity or following a tooth injury, even if the injury doesn’t cause any noticeable exterior damage.

Regular dental checkups at Teeth by Keith: Keith Marshall, DDS can catch early signs of infection or inflammation. You may not have any pain at first or think there isn’t a significant problem. Early intervention can often prevent the need for a root canal.

Be sure to schedule an appointment at Teeth by Keith: Keith Marshall, DDS as soon as possible if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Severe toothache while chewing or biting
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Swollen, tender gums
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Pimples on your gums

The sooner you seek treatment for these symptoms, the better chance you have at saving your tooth.

Why should I get a root canal instead of pulling my tooth?

You may dread the thought of getting a root canal because you think of them as exceptionally painful. This is an outdated misunderstanding. Modern root canals cause no more discomfort than getting a filling placed, and they’re far less painful than an infected or inflamed tooth. 

Dr. Marshall performs laser root canals using the Photon-Induced Photoacoustic Streaming (PIPS) method. With the PIPS method, Dr. Marshall uses a laser to clean your affected tooth of bacteria before filling it. No metal instruments touch the wall of your canal.

You also receive local anesthesia during the procedure. Though you may have some discomfort after your root canal, it’s usually manageable with over-the-counter pain medication.

It’s in your best interest to get a root canal and save your natural teeth whenever possible. There’s no substitute for a natural, healthy tooth. Tooth extraction is actually far more painful than a root canal, and a missing tooth can affect chewing, speaking, and the alignment of your teeth.

To learn more about root canals can save your teeth and relieve toothache pain, schedule an appointment at Teeth by Keith: Keith Marshall, DDS online or over the phone.