Root Canals Specialist

Vitta Dental

Mehdi Aryan, DMD

General and Cosmetic Dentistry & Invisalign Specialist located in Murray Hill, Midtown East, New York, NY

The idea of needing a root canal can make many men and women anxious. Mehdi Aryan, DMD at Vitta Dental wants you to know a root canal doesn’t have to be an anxiety-ridden, painful experience. Dr. Aryan is highly experienced at performing root canal procedures for patients throughout Murray Hill, Midtown East and the surrounding New York City area. If you have tooth pain that may require a root canal, call or book an appointment online today.

Root Canals Q & A

Do I need a root canal?

A root canal is a dental treatment that saves and repairs an infected tooth. If your tooth becomes critically infected from the inside, Dr. Aryan can remove the bacteria and any dead or dying tissue with a root canal procedure. In doing so, he is able to save your tooth and soothe your pain.

What leads to an infection in the tooth root?

Tissue and roots inside of your teeth can get infected with bacteria due to injury to the tooth or from a cavity that remains untreated for too long. If you don’t get to a dentist in time, the infected tissue can reach the pulp or root of your tooth, which can cause a host of other problems if the infection spreads.

What does an infected tooth look and feel like?

An infected tooth can cause pain very quickly, particularly if you don't address it soon enough. Infected tooth symptoms might include:

  • Inflamed gums
  • Tooth soreness, especially when chewing
  • Acute tooth sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures
  • Bad breath
  • Pus coming from around the tooth
  • Painful aching in your mouth or jaw
  • Darkening color of the tooth
  • A bump on your gum like a small pimple

How does a root canal work?

Dr. Aryan can typically mend your tooth in one or two appointments. First, it may be necessary to take an X-ray to determine the degree of harm to the tooth requiring the root canal.

At your appointment, Dr. Aryan uses a needle to numb the area with a local anesthetic. If needed, he places a dental dam, or a small film of rubber, on your tooth to keep it hygienic and shielded during the procedure. After your tooth has been numbed, Dr. Aryan drills a small hole in your tooth to reach the infection inside the root.

Next, your dentist uses small files to remove the damaged and diseased pulp and irrigates the area with water to wash away any debris. After all diseased matter is gone, your dentist either seals the tooth or inserts a non-permanent filling to shield the tooth until you return for a permanent crown.

If you have any of the symptoms of an infected tooth, call Vitta Dental or book an appointment online today.