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Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment in NYC

From our experience root canal treatment is one of the most feared dental procedures. We would like to say, unfounded so!  Such believe is one of the myths surrounding root canals. Getting treatment with the right dentist most of the time will be a boring experience! Don’t lose your sleep over it.

As a root canal specialist in New York City serving patients in his Midtown East Manhattan endodontic practice, Dr. Steven Lipner offers state-of-the-art root canal treatment services to help his patients preserve their natural teeth and avoid tooth loss. With extensive experience limited to endodontics, Dr. Lipner has performed tens of thousands of successful root canals and gained the reputation of a top-rated root canal specialist in Manhattan that is evidenced by his wide spreading referral base of general dentists located thought out New York City who send their patients to get root canal treatments with Dr. Lipner.

If you are looking to find a best root canal dentist in New York City or not sure if you need a root canal treatment read on to find your answers.

If you are short on time schedule a free consultation with Dr. Steven Lipner.

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Dr. Lipner and his team are amazing! My front teeth started to look discolored a few months ago. I would look in the mirror or recent pictures, see the discoloration, and become completely embarrassed to smile. When I went to my general dentist to investigate the discoloration she told me I needed root canals on both of my front teeth and referred me to Dr. Lipner. At first I was dreading the procedure (I’ve had a few horror story root canal experiences with other dentists) but Dr. Lipner made me feel comfortable as soon as I met him. He answered all of my questions and spoke to me with respect and care. The root canals themselves were quick, painless, and made a world of difference. To fix the discoloration in both teeth Dr. Lipner used internal bleaching (I didn’t even know this was an option before visiting Dr. Lipner’s office). I feel like I finally have my smile back! I couldn’t be happier with the results! Additionally, Dr. Lipner’s staff were incredibly helpful and understanding when it came to all things billing and insurance related. A few weeks after the procedure my insurance bounced back the claim stating a previous dentist had performed the same procedure on the same tooth. Michelle helped me contact the insurance company and the previous dentist to get everything sorted out. It makes a world of difference to have an expert like Michelle who knows the billing side of things inside and out. I’ve been to many dentists over the years and I can’t think of any that I would recommend as strongly as Dr. Lipner’s office.

Erin Engelmann
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Needless to say I was a little nervous as it was my first root canal but it was easily one of the smoothest dental procedures I’ve ever had, including filling. Dr Lipner explained everything extensively and kept me up to date throughout the process. I’ve experienced minimal discomfort since.

Andrew Howlett
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My primary dentist recommended Dr. Lipner for a sophisticated root canal procedure which he was able to accomplish. I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Lipner: his professionalism, his manner his gentleness. Just A-1. Highly recommend.

Susan Scanlon

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What is root canal treatment?

A root canal treatment is a dental procedure that is used to treat dental pain or infection caused by the inflamed or dead nerve, a condition called pulpitis.

Root canal development stages from decay to pulpitis

Root canal treatment specialist uses specific tools and techniques to reach deep into the tooth, removing inflamed nerve and debris before sealing the canal and applying a filling. Removal of the infected nerve stops the pain and further development of the infection. If left untreated the infection surrounding the tooth will eventually cause loss of the tooth.

Do I need a root canal? What are root canal symptoms?

If you experience any of the symptoms described below we would recommend you see a dentist for an evaluation because you may need a root canal treatment:

  • If you have a tender or swollen gum
  • A tooth that is painful especially when touched
  • If your tooth is sensitive to hot and cold
  • A tooth that is damaged
  • If you experience throbbing pain

What causes root canal?

There are a number of reasons why one may end up with a root canal treatment. The most common causes of needing a root canal treatment are:

  • Large carries and deep recurrent decay (developed under an existing restoration) close to the nerve
  • Nerve damage due to physical trauma (i.e. fall from a bike)
  • Nerve damage due to sinus infection
  • Large filling or other restoration may cause sensitivity to the nerve

Root canal treatment steps:

Root Canal Treatment Steps

  • An X-ray will be taken at the consultation visit to determine the need for a root canal.
  • As with most dental procedures, you’ll receive a local anesthetic to numb the tooth before the endodontic treatment begins.
  • Then using special endodontic equipment including Endo Microscope, our Root Canal specialist will remove the decay and create an opening in the tooth to access the canals of each root. The number of roots varies depending on the tooth. See out Root Canal Before & After x-rays to see different examples. Anterior teeth typically have one root. Bicuspids, also know as premolars, have two roots. Molars are the largest teeth may have three to four roots.
  • After the opening is created Dr. Lipner will remove the damaged pulp, and clean each canal of any debris and infection.
  • Then he will seal each canal with the special filling material, called gutta percha, to prevent any leakage to the canal or recurrent infection.
  • Finally, a temporary filling will be placed over the tooth until your new, permanent crown is ready.


Do I need a root canal crown?

The crown or another type of dental restoration is required to complete the care of the compromised tooth. As a specialist, Dr. Lipner’s practice is limited to only endodontics. Restorative part of the treatment, i.e. crown or any type of filling, will be completed by your general dentist. If you do not have one, Dr. Lipner will refer you to a top-rated dentist to restore your tooth.

Can I get a root canal crown deal?

If you do not have a general dentist Dr. Lipner’s team will be happy to assist you with determining the cost of the entire treatment, including crown, if you opt to work with one of Dr. Lipner’s referring general dentists. All the finance questions can be settled through our knowledgeable treatment coordinator, Michelle, at your first visit.

Does root canal hurt?

Depending on the severity of the infection there may be discomfort and sometimes pain. Dr. Lipner and his assistant work hard to ensure you remain comfortable throughout your procedure and undergo painless root canal treatment, as evident from many reviews left by his happy patients.

Dr. Lipner’s root canal procedure was painless and he took great care and precision throughout the entire procedure telling me what he was doing. – Ricky

Dr. Lipner took his time every step of the way to make sure that I wasn’t experiencing any pain. – Jordan

The entire procedure was, believe it or not, completely pain free! I left the office with some scripts for strong pain relievers but ended up not needing them at all. – Lily

Root Canal Recovery

Immediately after the root canal treatment, the area around the tooth may be sore, so you may want to avoid biting down or using that tooth. In general, though, you can care for your tooth like any other tooth, with regular brushing and flossing.

Root canal treatment cost in NYC

There are several factors affecting the cost of root canal treatment in NYC. The most common factors are the number of the roots in the tooth, the skills of the NYC root canal dentist and insurance participation. To learn about root canal cost check out our blog post.

Root Canal Treatment vs. Extraction

It’s a good idea to try to preserve the natural tooth with a root canal and crown rather than having the tooth extracted. However, there are circumstances when extracting the tooth is a wise choice.  To find out what is the best treatment option for you schedule a Free Consultation with Dr. Lipner.

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