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A tooth that has been severely fractured or suffers from a large area of decay, has the potential to cause some serious problems for your oral health. It can compromise your ability to chew and could even cause a dangerous infection to form in your gums.

Endodontic therapy, more commonly known as a root canal is a procedure designed to remove the infected parts of the tooth and restore its full function in your mouth. A tooth that requires a root canal might have sensitivity and pain, as well as a dull ache in the gums near the tooth.

An endodontic procedure requires two separate appointments to fully restore the tooth. At the initial appointment the dentist examines the tooth and takes a few X-rays determine the extent of the damage, decay or infection.

Next they remove the damaged enamel with a drill to gain access to the root. The infected material can then be extracted and they rebuild the tooth’s internal structure with a rubbery material called gutta-percha. This forms an abutment that they can later use to anchor a crown.

An impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth is made and sent to a dental laboratory. Where your permanent crown is made. In the meantime, they will cover the abutment with a temporary crown.

When the permanent crown is ready, your dentist will call you in for a brief second appointment to cement it in place.

If you have a tooth has been damaged or suffers from excessive decay, please call us at 718-224-4000 to schedule an appointment.