Calcified Root Canal

Compassionate Endodontists New York/NYC

Endodontics located in New York, NY

A calcified root canal causes the space around the canal to shrink. At Compassionate Endodontics New York/NYC, located in the Midtown West area of New York City, Steven D. Kaplan, DMD, uses high-quality endodontic tools and technology to remove calcium deposits from your root canal. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about calcified root canals.

Calcified Root Canal Q & A

What is a calcified root canal?

A calcified root canal occurs when calcium deposits form inside your root canal, the space in the center of your tooth. Inside your root canal is a soft material called the pulp. The pulp can cause severe pain and discomfort with various blood vessels and nerves if it becomes decayed or damaged.

Calcium deposits cause your root canal to narrow and shrink. This modified shape makes the canal complicated to access and requires a high level of precision to treat. At Compassionate Endodontics, Dr. Kaplan uses high-end technology, like digital X-rays and a dental surgical microscope, to effectively perform calcified root canal surgery.

What causes a calcified root canal?

Calcified root canals tend to form over time and can develop from:

Trauma

Traumatic events, such as car accidents or sports injuries can cause bleeding inside your tooth. Over time, this excess blood can attract calcium deposits, causing the canal to shrink.

Age

Many older patients are vulnerable to calcified root canals from gradual decay and wear-and-tear. Calcified root canals can develop with no symptoms, so regular dental exams are essential for aging adults.

Tooth decay

Tooth decay can damage your root canal and prevent blood circulation to the pulp. Without this blood supply, calcium deposits can accumulate in the canal.

What are the treatments for a calcified root canal?

A calcified root canal requires endodontic therapy. This procedure involves removing your pulp and replacing it with gutta-percha, a biocompatible material. Having the proper equipment is essential when performing a calcified root canal to ensure no bacteria remains in the canal.

First, Dr. Kaplan takes digital X-rays to determine whether you have hidden canals with calcium deposits. Next, he creates a small access hole in the center of your tooth. He may use a laser to reach the pulp and eliminate any bacteria.

At Compassionate Endodontics, Dr. Kaplan uses a dental surgical microscope to enhance his view of your canal and clear out calcifications.

Call the Midtown West office of Compassionate Endodontics today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about calcified root canals.