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Root Canal Dentist - Yonkers



Root canal treatment (also referred to as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy) is necessary when a cavity is allowed to reach all the way to the pulp. (Regular cleanings and checkups will help to prevent and detect problems early.) Sometimes deep restorations or trauma to a tooth may cause the nerve to be damaged to the point where it needs root canal therapy.

Once this occurs the pulp becomes infected, and the infection can even extend through the root tip and begin to eat away at the surrounding bone (this is an abscess). By the time the pulp is infected it must be treated, and cannot heal on its own. This is dangerous, not to mention very painful. Symptoms that the pulp has become infected may include sensitivity to hot/cold or sweets, pain, swelling, pain to biting or pressure, and/or a bad taste in the mouth. Sometimes, however, no symptoms are apparent and the person is unaware of any problem until a checkup.

To remedy this situation, a root canal is performed to clean out the infected tooth pulp and nerve, and disinfect and seal the canals of the tooth. (The only other treatment method available to treat an infected pulp is to extract the tooth.)

Once the infection is resolved, the canal(s) are filled in order to prevent any further infection. Usually a core buildup and crown is recommended for restoring a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy.

What is a root canal?

A root canal treatment is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million every year. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.

At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.

Dr. Markovitch and his team regularly performs root canal procedures to help his patients protect their smiles. Here, we list the top five benefits of receiving root canal treatment. We also explain why this treatment is necessary if you are living with an infected tooth. The benefits are as follows:

  • Root canals treatments are a 'pain free' procedure.

  • Root canal treatments can save your tooth.

  • Most insurance plans will cover a root canal procedure.

  • Root canals are a safe procedure, offering relief from pain and the procedure will remove the infection.

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How is a root canal performed?

If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment. We use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort, and you will most likely be comfortable returning to your normal routine.

What happens after treatment?

When your root canal therapy has been completed, a record of your treatment will be provided to your restorative dentist. You should make an appointment with your restorative dentist within a week or two of root canal completions. Your restorative dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to respond. To prevent further decay, continue to practice good dental hygiene.

How much will it cost?

The cost associated with this procedure can vary depending on factors such as the severity of damage to the affected tooth and which tooth is affected. In general, endodontic treatment is much less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth.

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What should I do if I need a root canal treatment?

Make an appointment to see us and we will examine you. We will determine if the tooth can be saved or not.

 Learn more about root canals here:

What should I do if I need a root canal treatment?

Make an appointment to see us and we will examine you. We will determine if the tooth can be saved or not. 

Call our office today on 914-476-3838 for an appointment.