Endodontics (Root Canals)

There are few phrases that can strike fear into the heart of a dental patient the way “root canal” can. You hear people use the phrase all the time in a negative way – “I’d rather go to work than have root canal today.” or “Visiting my in-laws is about as much fun as root canal.”

So why does root canal have such a bad reputation, and what is it, exactly? Here is a secret – root canal doesn’t cause pain. Root canal is an endodontic procedure that relieves pain.

More About the Procedure

As we have said, root canal is a lot like having a cavity filled, but it usually takes a bit longer. Before beginning the procedure, Dr. Spellman will give you a local anesthetic so that you won’t feel pain. Then he’ll remove the affected pulp and nerve, and provide you with a temporary filling so that your tooth will be protected as it heals. When the healing is complete, you’ll come back for a bit of fine-tuning in the canal, and be fitted with a permanent crown after the tooth heals to prevent fracture of the tooth root.

You may experience some pain following your root canal, but usually it will be easily managed using an over-the-counter medication like Ibuprofen.

The Wave One® System

Some patients can actually have their root canal done in a single day using the Wave One system. Traditional root canal requires the use of several files, but with Wave One, just one file is used to clean out and shape the canal. Studies have shown that Wave One destroys 99.7% of the bacteria in the canal versus 58% using traditional or older rotary techniques.

Dr Spellman uses Wave One for all root canals as it kills more bacteria and causes much less post op discomfort versus other techniques with the majority of patients having no or some soreness for only a few hours.

Contact Us

If you’re having dental issues that may require endodontic procedures like a root canal, contact Dr. Eric Spellman in Larchmont at 914-618-3400 today to arrange a consultation. He will do an examination and let you know if you require a traditional root canal, or if the Wave One method is more appropriate for your condition.

Eric Spellman, DMD

Dr. Eric Spellman and his staff take pride in providing a comfortable, caring experience for our patients in the Larchmont area. Call us today at 914-618-3400.


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