Endodontics (Root Canal Therapy)

Bruce E. Berkowitz, DMD

General & Cosmetic Dentist located in Midtown, New York, NY

The term ‘root canal’ makes many people want to run in the opposite direction due to its association with pain. However, the pain people often experience is a result of the infection in the tooth rather than the actual treatment. With a specialist on staff, the office of Dr. Bruce Berkowitz continues to aid patients in pain relief. If you think you might be in need of root canal therapy, call Dr. Bruce E. Berkowitz, DMD or schedule an appointment online today.

Endodontics (Root Canal Therapy) Q & A

What is a root canal?

The term ‘root canal’ is derived from the cleaning, shaping, and filling of the canals inside the root of the tooth. It’s a procedure that repairs severely damaged or infected teeth often caused by a fracture or a severe cavity.

A root canal involves treating the damaged area of the tooth, the pulp, which is the soft tissue inside the tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue.

What causes the need for a root canal?

A cracked tooth or a severe cavity often lead to bacteria entering the pulp, causing an inflammation or infection deep within the tooth. Without treatment, the inflammation or infection can spread to the underlying bone and may result in pain and swelling. Sometimes the infection is so severe it may ultimately lead to tooth loss.

When is a root canal necessary?

Dr. Berkowitz’s on-site endodontist, with many years of experience and patience, performs root canal therapy when the pulp is inflamed or infected. Leaving the pulp alone in such cases would cause severe pain and possibly tooth loss.

In the past, patients suffering from diseased or injured pulps didn’t have the option to save these teeth. Today, root canals are an easy and effective way for dentists to save teeth.

Root canal treatment often involves 1-3 visits. During the procedure, the dentist first removes the damaged pulp, then cleans and disinfects the pulp chamber and root canal before sealing it. A crown is often necessary to ultimately restore the tooth to natural form and function after root canal therapy.

If you practice good hygiene and continue to care for your teeth and gums, your restored tooth could last a lifetime. It’s important to schedule regular checkups to ensure that healthy tissues surround the root of your restored tooth.

Call the office of Dr. Berkowitz or schedule an appointment online to discuss your treatment options. 

What Insurance do you accept for Endodontics?

If you have any concerns about your insurance payment, we accept the following for all dental services:

  • Aetna
  • BCBS
  • Cigna
  • Delta Dental
  • Guardian
  • MetLife