Root Canal Therapy

Millions of teeth are saved each year using root canal therapy, so if you’ve been told you need it – you’re not alone. At Murray Hill, we strive to do whatever we can to save and preserve your natural smile, including root canal therapy when it’s the best option to save damaged teeth.

What is Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal therapy is also known as endodontic treatment, which means treatment of the inside of the tooth. Beneath each tooth’s hard surface and the hard layer of dentin lies the pulp. This soft tissue is where blood vessels and nerves are located.

When the pulp inside a tooth becomes inflamed or infected, endodontic treatment, or root canal therapy is usually needed. Dr. Brown will remove the infected tissue, seal the space, and restore the tooth’s full function.

When is Root Canal Therapy Necessary?

When the pulp of a tooth becomes infected, it could be due to many reasons. You might need root canal therapy if you suffer from any of the following situations:

  • A cracked or chipped tooth
  • Tooth injury (without visible cracks/chips)
  • Extreme tooth decay
  • Multiple dental procedures on the same tooth

Other symptoms to look out for that may indicate you need a root canal include pain, tenderness, discoloration, severe sensitivity to hot or cold food and drink, or swelling of surround tissue of the tooth in question.

What can I Expect with a Root Canal Procedure?

Many people are fearful of root canals based on the assumption that it’s a painful procedure. In reality, with Murray Hill’s modern techniques and anesthetic options, you could go through an entire root canal therapy procedure with minimal discomfort.

Here’s what you can expect during root canal therapy:

  • First, the tooth will be x-rayed and examined to check on the damaged area
  • You’ll be given a local anesthetic to numb the area being worked on; we also offer sedation dentistry options to keep you comfortable
  • Dr. Brown will create an opening in the crown of the tooth and begin to clean the pulp
  • After cleaning and shaping the pulp, Dr. Brown will fill the root canals of the tooth, fully sealing them
  • Finally, the tooth is completely closed with either a crown or another type of permanent tooth restoration

Following the root canal therapy, you may experience some sensitivity in the tooth that was treated. Overall, what used to be thought of as a painful and intense procedure is now pretty routine with little down time. Most importantly, a root canal can save your tooth and your smile!


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