Shalman Dentistry

Root Canal Therapy in Lower Manhattan, NY

The best root canal procedure is the one you never need. When you visit your endodontist regularly, you decrease the odds of ever feeling root canal pain or having to undergo root canal therapy. But when you do need the procedure to save a tooth, Dr. Alex Shalman is your best option in NYC. He cares about your well-being and comfort while paying special attention to your appearance. He performs every procedure that may affect your looks, including root canals, with the same attention to detail that you’d expect from a cosmetic dentist. Don’t wait until tooth pain hits; call Dr. Shalman today to get your dental health in peak condition and retain your smile.

What Is a Root Canal Procedure?

A root canal is a procedure done when a tooth’s core has become damaged or infected, often through a crack or hole in the tooth’s crown. The tooth’s crown consists of a hard outer enamel shell. Underneath it lies the dentin, which is a softer material. When these outer layers have been penetrated, you develop tooth decay or a tooth infection. When the root canal’s nerves become infected, the result is often unendurable tooth pain.

  • I absolutely love going to Shalman Dentistry because it’s such a comfortable experience. My teeth are very, very sensitive and Dr. Shalman and his team do everything necessary to make me feel relaxed. The intimacy of this beautiful office, with it’s awesome music and friendly staff, makes my dental visits feel like I’m amongst friends. I had some wisdom teeth removed over the summer, which I was very nervous about (I had been putting it off for almost a decade!) I was taken care of with the utmost attention and consideration. The procedure and healing process afterward was a breeze, thanks to this team! Much gratitude. Highly, highly recommended for all your dental needs.

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If you require dental treatment in New York City, turn to Dr. Alex Shalman, a family dentist who specializes in cosmetic dentistry. His boutique practice serves Lower Manhattan, including the West Village, East Village, and Chelsea neighborhoods. Dr. Shalman provides exceptionally personal, highly proficient care for all your oral health needs.

What’s Involved in Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal therapy describes the process your endodontist uses to treat the infected area of a tooth by removing the nerve, bacteria, and infection in the core. Afterward, he fills the canal and seals the opening with a new crown to prevent reinfection. A root canal procedure is a preferable alternative to tooth extraction. It’s a safe and effective treatment that’s performed on millions of teeth each year. During a root canal, Dr. Shalman:

  • Listens carefully to your symptoms and how long you’ve had them
  • Uses a digital x-ray to verify a diagnosis of a root canal infection
  • Numbs your tooth with a local anesthetic and covers it with a protective sheet to keep it free of saliva
  • Makes a small opening in your tooth’s crown to remove the diseased pulp
  • Cleans out the root canal of the nerve, pulp, and any infected material
  • Fills the now empty and disinfected canal with a rubbery substance called gutta-percha, which is cemented in place to seal the tooth
  • Places a temporary crown over the tooth that allows you to eat and drink without pain
  • Sets a follow-up visit to place the permanent crown on your tooth to restore its functionality and natural look

Ask Dr. Shalman about the specifics of your procedure, which varies slightly between individuals. He wants you to be well-informed about any treatment you undergo. He always takes the time to explain not only the procedure but also your options and alternatives. This way, he ensures your satisfaction.

How Much Does a Root Canal Cost?

Despite the rising cost of healthcare in general, root canals are still an effective and affordable treatment for most people. While the benefits of a root canal procedure include saving the tooth, other benefits of a root canal can save you money on future dental and health-related needs, such as:

  • Loss of nearby teeth
  • An untreated infection that moves from the tooth to other parts of your body
  • The need for more extensive denture implants
  • Emergency dental care when your pain becomes unbearable

In Downtown NYC, root canal treatment can run anywhere from $800 and up. Dental insurance usually covers a good portion of the procedure. And the sooner your dentist treats your tooth, the cheaper it is. So visit Dr. Shalman for your regular check-ups. Prevention saves you pain in your mouth and your wallet.

What Is Root Canal Recovery Like?

While you may be uncomfortable for a day or two, any pain after a root canal procedure usually disappears quickly. Once the anesthesia dissipates, you may experience some pain, but over-the-counter medications can treat it. If necessary, Dr. Shalman can prescribe something stronger. Although root canal therapy is overwhelmingly successful, there are circumstances when a root canal retreatment is necessary. Your root canal may not successfully heal under certain circumstances, such as:

  • The canal wasn’t fully treated or not all of the infected material was removed.
  • Your crown was defective or not sealed adequately, allowing bacteria to re-enter the core.
  • Saliva penetrated the restoration and contaminated your tooth.
  • Other tooth problems occurred that have nothing to do with the initial treatment.
  • You didn’t closely follow your dentist’s instructions for proper healing, including not smoking.

Not only is Dr. Shalman an expert in performing root canal procedures, but he’s also one of New York City’s best family and cosmetic dentists. Contact him today for an appointment to save your smile before you need a root canal procedure.

This page was published on Jan 31, 2021, modified on Jul 16, 2021 by Dr. Alex Shalman (Dentist) of Shalman Dentistry

Shalman Dentistry
44 W 10th St #1A
New York, NY 10011
(10th St, between 5th & 6th Avenue)
(212) 658-1093
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DISCLAIMER: PLEASE READ CAREFULLYThis website's purpose is to provide general dentistry information. None of the details given is intended to be taken as authoritative dental advice. It's important to speak with a dentist in NYC about your problems, as it may be a symptom of a serious underline condition. For an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan, a detailed oral examination should always be performed. Make an appointment with your nearest healthcare provider or call our Lower Manhattan practice to set up a consultation.

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