Root Canal Treatment

Non-Surgical Root Canal

What is a root canal?

A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed. With over 14 million root canals performed each year, this treatment helps to save your natural teeth and prevent the future need of dental implants or bridges.  Located in Commack, NY, Dr. Bonnie Helfner is conveniently located in Suffolk County, offering Non-Surgical Root Canal. 

At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is made up of the blood vessels that help to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by many things including trauma to the tooth, decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, Dr. Bonnie Helfner will recommend a non-surgical root canal treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. Conveniently located in Commack, New York, Dr. Helfner and her staff will remove the injured pulp and thoroughly clean and seal the root canal system.  This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. About 90% of all root canals are successful. You will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment if your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable. Local anesthesia is used to eliminate discomfort. In addition, you will be provided with nitrous oxide analgesia if indicated. You will be able to drive yourself home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.

What happens after treatment?

Once your root canal therapy is complete, we will watch to ensure the long-term health of the tooth. We may recommend restorative treatment to protect the tooth. Endodontic patients rarely experience complications after routine treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to respond. To prevent further decay, continue to practice good dental hygiene.

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