Holistic medicine is based on the belief that the body is designed to heal itself. Dr. Kaplan of Steven D. Kaplan, DMD, applies this approach to both conventional and holistic root canals. His practice, located in New York City, makes the most natural treatment methods possible available to patients who prefer to opt out of traditional root canals. In fact, patients can have just as much success with a holistic root canal as with the traditional method.
Holistic root canals involve using different materials that are “more biocompatible” for the patient. Usually this procedure is done for people who have multiple allergies or sensitivities to materials conventionally used in traditional root canal treatments. Dr. Kaplan can discuss whether or not this option is necessary on a patient-by-patient basis.
Just like with a conventional root canal, Dr. Kaplan takes as many appointments as he needs to get a perfect result. Sometimes, Dr. Kaplan places a natural paste made with calcium hydroxide in your tooth. This product has a basic ph, kills bacteria, and causes bone deposition (all the things you need for a successful root canal). This may require one extra visit than usual, but sometimes it may not.
The wait time for the paste to do its job can take about three weeks. Most of the time, Dr. Kaplan leaves the paste alone until your tooth is 100% recovered. Only then does he move on to the rest of the root canal procedure.
"Absolutely amazing experience, not only accommodating my work schedule, but made me feel so comfortable in one of my most serious operations."
"I have the highest regard for Dr. Kaplan. He makes you feel at ease as soon as you meet him. His work is outstanding and professional."
"I strongly recommend Dr. Steven Kaplan for root canal done right, with no pain and with deep compassionate and caring attitude."
"The absolute best in every respect. I would not recommend anyone else - Dr. Kaplan has gone above and beyond since I've been a patient."
"Great specialist! A superb dentist! He is respectful, polite and very friendly. He knows his profession very well."
"He also plays music during the procedure which makes it a bit easier :) highly recommend!"