Root Canal Treatment

What is a root canal?

In today’s fast moving, competitive world, you need every advantage you can get. And at New York Endodontic Associates, we understand the hassle and inconvenience of a tooth infection.  Our highly skilled New York doctors are prepared to get to the root of your toothache. Our goal is to get you back out into the world where you can make a positive impact with a smile you can wear with confidence.

Root canal therapy is a very common endodontic treatment that saves a tooth when nerves are affected by decay or infection. During the procedure, we remove the pulp and infected, or dead, tissue. Once we have disinfected the space, we clean and seal it, restoring it to its full function. Root canals are highly successful and the preferred alternative to removing an unhealthy tooth.

The Big Picture

Our teeth have three layers:

  • Enamel – the hard, outer layer of the crown
  • Dentin – the middle layer
  • Pulp – the cavernous center which contains nerves and blood vessels
An example of a healthy tooth
Healthy Tooth
A tooth anatomy diagram highlighting pulp dentin and canal
Tooth Anatomy
A visual of tooth inflammation showing tooth decay and a inflamed pulp
Inflammation
A representation of a tooth with its canals cleaned
Cleaned Canals
An illustration of root canal filling of a tooth
Filling Placed
An example of a tooth healed by root canal therapy
Healed Tooth

Root Canal Process

Drs. Bruckner and Goziker, our expert Long Island endodontists, perform root canals to save teeth every day. This routine treatment normally requires 1-2 appointments in which we numb your tooth, access the affected area through the top of the tooth, remove the pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria, clean the tooth, and seal it with a filling.

How painful is a root canal?

The pain linked to root canals stems from the infection of the nerves deep within the tooth, so you typically arrive to our office with pain. The actual procedure to remove the damaged pulp of your tooth is not painful. In fact, to guarantee minimal discomfort, the first step of the root canal therapy is the application of a local anesthetic to numb the area and prevent pain.

Post-treatment Restoration

Typically, patients return to their general dentist after root canal treatment has been completed for the placement of a restoration. Drs. Bruckner and Goziker are closely in touch with referring dentists and partner in all aspects of treatment planning, including deciding best steps for protecting your teeth. Complications are rare, especially under the care of our skilled doctors who take care to understand the particulars of your oral health, and we make every effort to provide you with the highest level of endodontic care.

How much will a root canal cost?

The cost of endodontic treatment depends on a variety of factors, such as which tooth needs treatment and the severity of the damage to the affected tooth. Root canals generally cost significantly less than pulling a tooth and replacing it.

For more information on root canal treatment, call our Roslyn, NY office today! New York Endodontic Associates Phone Number 516-869-0111