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Endodontics Specialist

Lisa Tran, DMD

Endodontist located in New York, NY

Dr. Lisa Tran and the staff of Lisa D. Tran, DMD specialize in the field of endodontics and general dentistry. Endodontics is the branch of dentistry that involves working with the inside of the teeth. If you live in or around the greater New York City area, Dr. Tran and her staff welcome new patients. She encourages you to visit her office if you begin to experience any toothache pain or discomfort. There are several treatment options available that will correct the problem and eliminate your pain.

Endodontics Q & A

What is endodontics?

Endodontics involves conditions that affect the inside of your tooth. The interior of your tooth consists of the dentin or pulp and the nerve. If your tooth becomes cracked or broken, bacteria can make their way inside, resulting in an infection that can permanently destroy or damage the nerve.

Dr. Tran specializes in the use of treatment options that are designed to both repair and protect the interior of your teeth. These treatment options can eliminate the infection, dramatically decrease your risk of losing the tooth, and even completely restore it.

What conditions require endodontic treatment?

If the tooth is severely decayed and there is a potential risk of the root being damaged in some way, Dr. Tran may choose to perform a root canal. When bacteria and other germs make their way into the interior of your tooth, the resulting infection can damage both the pulp as well as the nerve. When this occurs, the best way to correct the situation is to remove the portion of the nerve that is affected.

By eliminating the infection and the damaged regions of pulp and nerve, Dr. Tran can stabilize the tooth by filling the areas with a composite material that will harden, improving the integrity of your tooth. That will help heal the tooth, allowing it to remain in place for many years to come.

Are root canals the only option if you have an infected or abscessed tooth?

Root canals aren't the only treatment methods Dr. Tran uses to fix teeth that are infected or have incurred damage to the nerve. An apicoectomy is also a possible treatment option. This option involves resecting the nerve end, removing the infection, and making necessary repairs to the surface of the tooth.

Dr. Tran uses radiography and digital imaging to identify potential problems. By learning exactly where the problem lies within your tooth, she can take what measures are needed to make the necessary repairs. In some cases, a root canal isn't required. Her ability to accurately evaluate the condition of your tooth provides her the opportunity to use a variety of treatment options that will provide effective results.