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Root Canal Treatment

A root canal is typically necessary when there is inflammation or infection in the roots of a tooth. Teeth cannot fight off an infection like the rest of our body because there is limited blood flow inside a tooth. Therefore, when a tooth’s nerve is infected or inflamed, the inside of the tooth must be disinfected. This disinfecting treatment is called “Endodontic Therapy” (Endo= inside, Dontic=tooth related) because it is treating the inside of the tooth. Root Canal treatment allows us to save your tooth from being extracted.

There are many possible symptoms of this type of infection including:

  • pain when biting or chewing
  • pain while eating or drinking hot or cold foods
  • a loose tooth
  • pus oozing from the affected tooth
  • swelling of the gum near the affected tooth
  • darkening of the tooth
  • facial swelling

How is root canal treatment performed?

The first step includes the administration of local anesthesia via injection to numb the tooth and surrounding area to be treated. During the treatment, a hole is made in the top of the tooth, allowing access to the pulp chamber and root canals for treatment. Then the inflamed or infected pulp is removed. As soon as the inside of the tooth is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, it will be filled and sealed with a material called gutta-percha. A filling or crown will be used to restore the tooth and to help it function normally.

If you are experiencing any symptoms of a pulp infection, please do not hesitate to contact our office immediately. You can call us at (212) 645-2808. Our practice is located at 22 Renwick St., New York, NY 10013.

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"As a recent resident in the South Village, I was in the market for a new dentist and I'm happy to say that after my first visit to see Dr. Oh, my search is over. I highly recommend her! From the moment I walked into the office to the time I left, I felt well taken care of as a patient. The receptionist was attentive and got me through my paperwork quickly, the assistant working under Dr. Oh was very professional and best of all Dr. Oh herself was a pleasure. She took the time to explain everything she was doing, talked me through a treatment plan, and really listened to my wants/concerns. I left with a clear follow-up plan and all the costs explained upfront (which is always nice to have and I found them to be reasonable). I'm actually looking forward to my next visit, again I highly recommend!"

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"All of the staff at West Soho Dentistry are nice, thorough and helpful. I went in for a general consultation and they were able to fit in a cleaning and a fluoride treatment. I haven't seen a dentist in a few years so it was definitely a needed trip. I'm so glad I decided to come here because I left feeling more knowledgeable about my teeth and things that I could do to maintain them. My cleaning was one of the best I've received! I've moved around a few times in the past few years and finding a new dentist is something that I always dread and feel so lost when doing. Dr. Oh is superb; I highly recommend her. I will be going back and recommending to all of my friends."

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"I highly recommend West Soho Dentistry, especially for those who fear dental work or are extremely sensitive. (Full disclosure, I'm not afraid of needles, but have been seen by some very rough dental professionals in my life). Every staff member with whom I've interacted has been friendly and professional. The office is small but is clean and comfortable. I'm so relieved to have found a dentist I actually want to stick with. I am actually looking forward to my next cleaning."

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