Endodontics

Endodontics Specialist
The role of your endodontist is to do everything possible to save your tooth, preserve bone tissue, and eliminate infections. After all, you want your teeth to last a lifetime. At Steven D. Kaplan, DMD, in New York City, Dr. Kaplan helps you keep your healthy smile. The practice is currently accepting new patients who need root canal treatments and other endodontic-related procedures.

Endodontics Q & A

Steven D. Kaplan, DMD

Why would I need endodontic care?

An endodontist studies for two years after dental school, learning the process of performing root canals. A root canal from a dental professional like Dr. Kaplan is often the best treatment if you have tooth pain. A deep cavity, dental trauma, fracture, a previously poorly treated root canal, or repeated dental procedures over many years on the same tooth can lead to a tooth that needs a root canal. Sometimes this can lead to infections in your gums or facial swelling.

Dr. Kaplan’s office uses state-of-the-art equipment to diagnose and treat all types of tooth pain, so you can feel confident that your dental issue will be resolved the first time around.

What should I expect at an endodontic appointment?

First of all, please relax. Anticipating a tooth canal can be frightening, but Dr. Kaplan is an expert. That’s evident even in his thorough check-up procedure.

At Steven D. Kaplan, DMD, the staff takes your full medical history, your dental history, consults with your dentist, and listens to your concerns. Then, you’ll undergo a thorough exam. Dr. Kaplan uses imaging and various modalities that might be needed to illuminate the cause of your problem. His diagnostic tools include state-of-the-art instruments, including:

  • Dental 3D imaging (this cutting edge technology isn’t usually available in other endodontic practices)
  • Dental surgical microscope (this tool gives Dr. Kaplan a better view because it enlarges the tooth’s image tremendously)
  • Electronic apex locator (this equipment reduces the need for X-rays)
  • Endodontic ultrasonics (the process helps find hidden root canals and remove old posts)

Dr. Kaplan and his team take pride in being experts in particularly difficult cases, which may include calcified canals -- or very small canals -- curved roots, broken instruments lodged in canals, internal or external resorption, and previously failed root canal treatments.

Are endodontic procedures painful?

Many men and women who need endodontic treatment are already in so much pain that they just want relief. While you may be apprehensive about dental treatment, the caring team at Steven D. Kaplan, DMD, does everything possible to make your procedure painless. They use local anesthetics in addition to nitrous oxide (laughing gas), if needed, so there should be no discomfort.

In fact, many of Dr. Kaplan’s patients fall asleep during their procedure. Nevertheless, if you’re feeling any pain or unwanted discomfort during a procedure, you’re encouraged to let him know so he can rectify the problem.

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