Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Yorktown, Shrub Oak, NY

Endodontics is a branch of oral health care focused on diagnosing and treating issues that affect the roots and pulp of your teeth. If you develop an infection, or you’re thinking about getting dental implants, you might benefit from endodontic treatment. At Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs, in the Shrub Oak and Yorktown, New York, area, Elliot Ledner, DDS, Janet Zaiff, DDS, and the team proudly offer an array of endodontics services, including laser treatment. To request your endodontics appointment today, call the office.

Endodontics Q & A

What is endodontics?

Endodontics is a dental specialty that cares for your dental pulp and tooth roots. The endodontic experts at Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of injuries and diseases of these tissues. 

In addition to traditional endodontic procedures, such as dental implants and root canals, the team also offers laser treatment, a state-of-the-art technique.

Are there different types of endodontic treatment?

Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs offers several types of endodontic treatment using both traditional and laser dentistry. 

Endodontic surgery

Endodontic surgery involves your Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs provider locating and repairing small fractures or hidden canals undetected by traditional dental X-rays. One of the most common types of endodontic surgery is an apicoectomy. This type of surgery eases inflammation or infection around the bony area of your tooth following a root canal. 

Root canals

A root canal is the most common type of endodontic treatment. During root canal therapy, your Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs provider removes infected or inflamed dental pulp from the center of your tooth. They fill your tooth with a material called gutta-percha and cap it with a dental crown. Root canals preserve your permanent teeth and prevent the need for an extraction.

Endodontic retreatment

If you have a tooth that’s already had a root canal and it develops an infection, your dentist might recommend endodontic retreatment. During this type of endodontic surgery, your dentist removes your dental crown, clears out any infection, cleans your root canals, and applies a new prosthetic. 

Dental implants

If you’re missing one or multiple permanent teeth and you don’t want to wear dentures or a bridge, your dentist might recommend dental implants. Dental implants serve as replacement tooth roots; they’re small metal posts that an oral surgeon places into the spaces of missing teeth. 

The team at Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs doesn’t perform dental implant surgery themselves, but they regularly coordinate care with surgeons in the area.

What type of endodontics is right for me?

The type of endodontic treatment you benefit from depends on your oral health and goals for treatment. Prior to making any recommendations, your Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs provider does an oral exam, reviews your medical history, and takes a series of oral X-rays. 

If you have a tooth with deep decay, your dentist might recommend endodontic treatment with a root canal. If you want to restore your biting and chewing ability, your dentist might recommend dental implants.

To learn more about the benefits of endodontics, make an appointment at Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs today by calling the office.