Root Canal Treatment

Westchester and the NY metro area dentist Dr. Furnari knows that when people hear the term root canal, they often associate it with the painful root canal treatments of the past. However, with recent innovations in dentistry such as The Wand, N20 (laughing gas) and Antianxiety meds. Dr. Furnari can perform root canal treatment without causing much if any, discomfort. Actually, living with severe tooth decay instead of treating it with root canal therapy is always more painful than the treatment itself.

What Is Root Canal Treatment?

Dr. Furnari performs root canals at Scarsdale Dental Group to repair a tooth that has been severely damaged due to decay or infection. By providing root canal treatment, the dentist can often save the problematic tooth instead of having to extract it. The term root canal, misnomer is simply the removal of live or dead nerve tissue from within a tooth’s root. As an alternative to root canal therapy, Dr. Furnari can extract the problematic tooth and replace it with a dental implant, partial denture or bridge. However, restoring full function to the tooth with root canal treatment is often the more beneficial option.

Why Dr. Furnari May Recommend Root Canal Treatment

Inside the tooth is a center of tiny blood vessels and nerve tissue, often referred to as dental pulp. Dental pulp extends from the tooth’s crown (the visible part of the tooth) to the very end of the root, located in the jawbone. Bacteria can infiltrate dental pulp if a tooth is cracked or develops a large cavity.

Bacteria in the dental pulp can cause severe infection or swelling of the tooth and surrounding tissue. This can eventually lead to the loss of the tooth if left untreated. Toothache, gum swelling, swelling in the face and neck area, and tooth sensitivity to temperature are all signs that bacteria may have infiltrated the pulp. When infection or decay starts to affect the tooth’s inner nerve (which can be a very painful condition), Dr. Furnari may recommend root canal treatment to save the tooth instead of extracting it. Advanced stages of infection and decay may cause pimple-like bumps to form on the gums (abscess). Root canal treatment will restore the tooth so that it functions normally again. With proper care and maintenance, the tooth restoration provided by root canal therapy should last a lifetime.

What to Expect During Root Canal Treatment

Dr. Furnari typically requires one to three office visits for complete root canal therapy. He first takes X-rays of your teeth so he can assess the extent of decay or damage. Before beginning the procedure, he administers a local anesthetic so that you are comfortable throughout the entire process. Dr. Furnari then places a dental dam (a rubber-like sheet) inside your mouth to keep the infected tooth clean and saliva free. He next removes any decay before creating an opening in the crown of the damaged tooth. Through this opening, Dr. Furnari accesses the chamber that holds the dental pulp. Finally, he employs tiny dental instruments to remove the infected dental pulp. With recent advances in dentistry the team at SDG also relies on a network of specialists known as Endodontists. These practices in central Westchester offer specialized care for specifically complex cases.

For more information about root canal treatment or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Furnari, please contact Scarsdale Dental Group by calling 914-723-4707.