Root Canal Treatment

What is a root canal?

A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million every year. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.

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

If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. Root canal therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment. Dr. Chang and Dr. Kattar use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. In addition, we will provide nitrous oxide analgesia, if indicated. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.

An example of a healthy tooth
Healthy Tooth
A tooth anatomy diagram highlighting pulp dentin and canal
Tooth Anatomy
A visual of tooth inflammation showing tooth decay and an inflamed pulp
Inflammation
A representation of a tooth with its canals cleaned
Cleaned Canals
An illustration of root canal filling of a tooth
Filling Placed
An example of a tooth healed by root canal therapy
Healed Tooth

What happens after treatment?

When your root canal therapy has been completed, a record of your treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist. You should contact their office for a follow-up restoration within a few weeks of completion at our office. Your restorative dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic 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.

How much will a root canal cost?

The cost associated with root canals can vary depending on factors such as the severity of damage to the affected tooth and which tooth is affected. In general, endodontic treatment is much less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth.

Westchester Endodontics

5 out of 5 stars based on 32 Root Canal reviews.

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Our experience with Dr. Kattar at Westchester Endodontics was smooth and successful from start to finish. Thank you so much!

- Lara M

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Great experience. Very thorough and informative.

- Terry O

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Great service

- George S

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Dr. Kattar was able to see me immediately for an emergency root canal and was able to explain every aspect of the recovery to the amount of detail I was looking for. He also was available on the weekend when I needed more medication. I would highly recommend him.

- Louis B

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Loveeeee this office so much! Everyone in the office is so nice and sweet, they made me feel very comfortable and the procedure was painless! Although I hope I don’t have to return lol, I definitely would if I ever need more work done! 🙂

- Chanell D

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Dr. Kattar, Dr. Chang and their staff are wonderful. I would highly recommend them - beautiful, clean offices with kind and caring staff.

- Dana G

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A very thorough assessment. Then Dr. Kattar took time to explain his conclusions, the treatment procedure, and to answer all my questions. This root canal experience was with minimal discomfort.

- David G

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Thanks for taking me in on short notice and performing the root canal procedure seamlessly.

- Andre B

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I was very impressed, with the care I received, from the first phone call. I have worked in Healthcare, for 32 years, and I know good care. Everything, was nothing shy, of exceptional care at every level.

- Tammie B

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Staff is amazing!!! If needed I will definitely return, completely satisfied with the care provided.

- Lizette D

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Friendly staff. Everything was explained to me and my nerves were eliminated very quickly when I met the compassionate and professional staff. Great office views of airplanes landing. Loved the Netflix options as I was getting my tooth drilled. Made me forget I was even at the dentist. Almost fell asleep during root canal. That tells you how relaxed And the peace of mind I had.

- Cassandra C

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Had a fantastic visit!

- Andrew M

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