When caught early, tooth decay can be treated with a dental filling or a similar procedure to clean the enamel and seal the area. However, if the decay expands past the enamel and infects the inner pulp of the tooth, you will need a root canal. Also known as an endodontic treatment, root canal therapy at Natalie Scarmato, D.D.S. removes the infected pulp from the tooth, cleans the cavity, and then uses a filling material to seal the tooth. Dentist Dr. Natalie Scarmato recommends root canal therapy to her New York patients because it not only treats the infected tooth, it prevents the decay from spreading to other teeth (and creating larger problems).
If you suspect you need to have a root canal, we understand if you have reservations about having this procedure. A root canal is a very common dental treatment, yet many people put off going to see a dentist for a toothache because of dental anxiety. Dr. Scarmato will do her very best to make sure you are at ease and relaxed naturally, but we also offer several methods of sedation for any anxiety. Contact Natalie Scarmato, D.D.S. to schedule a consultation where you can learn more about sedation options and root canal therapy.
An infection in the pulp of a tooth can be caused by a deep crack or cavity in the tooth or a physical trauma. Some of the most common signs that you may have an infected tooth are tooth or jaw pain, swelling or discoloration of the gums around the tooth, and changes in the color of the tooth. If the infected pulp is not removed, it will become increasingly painful as the infection spreads to other parts of your mouth. Schedule an appointment at Natalie Scarmato, D.D.S. as soon as you feel or see something abnormal in your mouth. If you have fears or reservations about visiting the dentist, please ask us about sedation options to keep you calm and comfortable during your exam and treatment.
What To Expect
Before the procedure, you will discuss your sedation and/or anesthetic options with Dr. Scarmato. We don't want you to feel anxious, nervous, or fearful while you are at our office. Many patients request nitrous oxide sedation (laughing gas) or oral-conscious sedation to get them through a root canal. Dr. Scarmato is very understanding about dental anxieties and will help you make the appropriate decision on how to proceed.
During an endodontic procedure, Dr. Scarmato will assess the inner chamber of your tooth and then carefully remove the infected pulp. From there, the inside of the empty chamber will be thoroughly sterilized to remove any leftover debris. Once it is cleaned, the tooth will be filled with a special material to seal and protect the tooth.
Depending on the type of sedation that was used, you may need to have a responsible adult take you home after your procedure. Your mouth may feel sensitive or swollen, but this should not last more than a few days and can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers. You should schedule a follow-up appointment for six months after your root canal. Dr. Scarmato will check to see that the infection is gone and that your mouth has healed. After that, you should continue to schedule annual dental exams and bi-annual cleanings to maintain your dental health.
During your consultation, Dr. Scarmato will go over cost estimates so your treatment fits both your needs and budget. If you have dental insurance, we can contact your carrier to determine your coverage. If you don't have dental insurance, Natalie Scarmato, D.D.S. accepts many payment methods and we can help you find low-interest medical financing.
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Root Canal Therapy
Thanks to advances in medical techniques and technology, a root canal can be a fast, easy process to treat an infected tooth. Along with different levels of sedation, your root canal at Natalie Scarmato, D.D.S. can be comfortable and save you from tooth pain or more invasive procedures. Contact our office in Greenwich Village to schedule a consultation with dentist Dr. Scarmato for more information on root canal therapy and other ways to improve your dental health.