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Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy in Manhattan, NY

What Is Root Canal Therapy? Why Do I Need It?

Our tooth structure is composed of various layers, which can become susceptible to decay.

Sometimes, decay or an infection (caries) can travel to the inside of our teeth, to the pulp. The pulp is normally a sterile environment, free from germs. When infection happens, we notice pain and inflammation near the affected tooth, making it difficult to eat, chew, or even speak

This situation is life-threatening and dangerous if the infection spreads to the body!

Please do not hesitate to call a trusted dentist if you feel immediate pain. Dr. Dragos has over 25 years of experience providing the highest quality care in a comfortable environment with his gentle and compassionate touch!

Root Canal Symptoms

Although some patients who may require root canal therapy do not have pain or symptoms, other patients may experience the following symptoms:

  • Severe toothache, especially when biting or chewing
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold food and drinks
  • Darkening of the tooth
  • Gum sensitivity surrounding the tooth

Can I Save My Tooth? Is There an Alternative?

Dr. Dragos will always try to save the integrity of your tooth, depending on his evaluation based on x-rays. Sometimes he may recommend root canal therapy, which will save your tooth structure and allow you to eat, chew, talk, and smile normally again with your natural tooth.

A tooth extraction is one possible alternative to a root canal, but an extracted tooth may leave behind an unwanted gap as well as the possibility of another infection. In general, the best long-term solution is to save the tooth, whenever possible.

Root Canal Procedure

All endodontic procedures are performed by Dr. Dragos at our Fifth Avenue dental office.

First, we will evaluate the surrounding area using an x-ray to detect the infection. If you and Dr. Dragos agree that root canal therapy is the best option, he will anesthetize your tooth so that treatment is pain free.

Dr. Dragos uses the best and highest quality materials in order to access, remove infection, and clean the infected tooth using best practice standards, in order to prevent any further infections.

Post-Procedural Care

Dr. Dragos will provide recommendations and follow-up care after each procedure. A few points to keep in mind:

  • After you heal, we will schedule a brief follow-up visit to determine that your tooth is still healthy.
  • Some sensitivity as you recover is normal. You will begin to see gradual improvement, however, and you should not experience severe pain.[AR2] 
  • Saving your natural teeth is one of the best and most cost-effective ways to stay healthy in the long run.

For more in-depth reading about endodontic care, including root canal therapy, feel free to check out Tony’s Dental School blog here.


Two Generations of Cosmetic Dentistry
Dr. Dragos developed a passion for dentistry early in life while working in his father's dental laboratory in NYC. He is a patient advocate, a perfectionist and recipient of numerous honors including “America’s Top Dentist" and "Top 25 Dentist in NYC"

What Our Patients are Saying
Outstanding services and work - while we had quite a daunting task to rehabilitate my teeth, sitting in the chair became an oasis of relaxation. They say no pain - no gain - I have to say, NO PAIN and A LOT OF GAIN!
Eric A.
Dr. Dragos is an incredible dental professional. He is very thorough and detail oriented. I have been a patient of Dr. Dragos for several years now and rally do think he is the best dentist in the industry - both for cosmetic procedures as well as standard dental procedures.
Ana M.
I have been a patient of Dr. Dragos for over 30 years. I was referred to him by a friend who was very afraid of dental work, and she told me he was "pain-free". I've found Dr. Dragos to be that, and so much more: thorough, gentle, friendly and a complete professional.
Janice B.
Thank you, Dr. Dragos, for the outstanding implant dentistry that I had done at your office. Thanks to you, I feel better, smile once again and eat healthier. You and your entire staff helped me get through my initial nervousness and made the entire procedure and visits stress-free. You took the time to explain all the procedures and what to expect during and after the work was completed. Any family member or friend looking for a dentist will go directly to you, the best there is.
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