Root Canal Retreatment Specialist

Gentle Dental of West New York

Leon S. Itskov, DDS

Dentist located in West New York, NJ

Root canal treatment can help prevent the loss of a deeply damaged tooth. Dr. Itzkov is a top-ranked provider of root canal therapy for patients throughout the New Jersey Palisades region, offering the most advanced techniques for superior results in patients at Gentle Dental of West New York.

Root Canal Retreatment

What is a root canal?

Sometimes called root canal therapy, root canal treatment is used to treat decay located deep inside the tooth in the central portion called the pulp. The pulp is contained in channels or canals that run from the center of the tooth down to the jaw bone, and they contain the nerves, blood vessels and connective tissues that keep the tooth healthy. Because of its location, the pulp cannot be treated with the same techniques as are used in treating a more superficial cavity. Root canal uses special techniques and special instruments to remove decayed, damaged tissue so the tooth does not need to be pulled.

What happens during a root canal treatment?

A root canal uses the same basic approach as a “regular” dental filling: First, the decayed or damaged pulp is removed and the surrounding area is carefully cleaned. Then, a sealant and filler are applied to close the canal and help strengthen the tooth. Once the root canal is complete, a crown will be applied to provide additional strength and stability.

Will a root canal be painful?

Today's state-of-the-art pain management techniques help ensure pain and discomfort are minimized during root canal procedures, and over-the-counter medications can help control discomfort during recovery.

Is a root canal better than having a tooth pulled?

Keeping a natural tooth is almost always a better option than having it pulled. Your natural teeth have roots that help stimulate proper bone development in the jaw, and without those roots, the bone will eventually atrophy, threatening the health of neighboring teeth. Natural teeth also support a healthy and balanced bite, and when a tooth is lost – even if it's replaced by a bridge or denture – that balance can change, causing uneven tooth wear and an increased risk of decay. Plus, having a root canal is less costly than replacing a missing tooth with a bridge, denture or implant.

Accepted Dental Insurance

We will process and submit all insurance claims and pre-authorizations for you. Your insurance company can then pay us directly, and/or we will bill for any appropriate balance. Our Prevention, Diagnosis or Treatment Planning is guaranteed to be without regard to the limitations imposed by your insurance coverage.

PLEASE NOTE: we only accept commercial and PPO insurances. We DO NOT accept DMO, HMO, or government-issued insurances (i.e. Medicaid or Family Care). Please contact the office for more information.

Blue Cross Blue Shield
Delta Dental
Horizon Healthcare
United Concordia Dental