Root Canal

Centre Dental

Cosmetic, Implant, and Family Dentistry located in Chinatown, New York, NY

Some people fear root canals because they worry about the pain, the cost, and the time involved. Dr. John Shi at Centre Dental offers gentle, compassionate care at an affordable price for patients in New York City, Chinatown area, who need a root canal. His easily-accessible office even has evening and weekend hours. Call or schedule an appointment online and get relief today.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

Your tooth has several parts: the crown on top, which is surrounded by enamel, and a hard layer below, called dentin. Inside the dentin is a soft material called the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue.

The pulp extends from the crown all the way to the tip of the tooth’s roots where it meets the connective tissue below your gums. During tooth development, the pulp creates surrounding hard tissue, but once your tooth is fully formed, you no longer need the pulp.

A root canal, also called endodontic treatment, is necessary when the pulp inside the root canal becomes inflamed or infected.

During root canal surgery, Dr. Shi drills a hole and removes the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleans and shapes the inside of the root canal, then fills and seals the space. He places a temporary filling over the opening in the tooth. Afterward, you return to the office so Dr. Shi can remove the temporary filling and place a permanent crown on the tooth to fully restore it.

What are the symptoms and causes of root canal inflammation?

The most common symptoms of a root canal infection, called pulpitis, are a toothache, swelling or tenderness, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, or swollen lymph nodes.

Tooth decay that penetrates the enamel and dentin layers and invades the pulp can cause inflammation or infection. And trauma to the tooth from an accident can cause damage to the nerve and blood vessels at the root’s ending.  

Will a root canal hurt during or afterward?

Dr. Shi believes in keeping his patients as comfortable as possible during a root canal procedure. Your procedure will be as painless as possible thanks to the most modern techniques and anesthetics.

Most patients don’t experience any discomfort after root canal treatment either. However, there are a few who do feel post-treatment sensitivity, which you can control with over-the-counter painkillers like Motrin.

Dr. Shi and the team at Centre Dental are highly trained in performing root canals with the most advanced equipment. If you suspect you need a root canal, contact the office any time -- even after hours -- by phone or online to see Dr. Shi for a free consultation right away.

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