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Endodontics Specialist

Island Smile Dental Group

General Dentists located in Levittown, NY

Have you ever bitten into something hot or cold and felt a shooting pain? This unpleasant sensation is caused by nerves in your teeth. Nourhan Mekawy, DDS, is a dental professional specializing in endodontics, a branch of dentistry that treats nerve pain. She welcomes patients to Island Smile Dental Group in Levittown, New York, who need a root canal and other endodontic treatments. Nerve pain can severely affect your quality of life. Call the practice today or book an appointment through the web inquiry form.

Endodontics Q&A

What is endodontics?

Endodontics treats the nerves of the teeth. Because of the nature of the nerve network, it’s often difficult to identify the root cause of pain. You could feel the pain of a damaged tooth in a different tooth or another area of your body altogether. Dentists go through extensive training to understand the interconnectedness of the nervous system.

The most common nerve treatment is a root canal. But dentists trained in endodontics also treat dental trauma and place implants. Dr. Mekawy offers services in all three areas.

Why is endodontics important?

Endodontics prevents small issues from becoming serious problems. Tooth infections typically happen in the nerves in the tooth’s root. If the infected nerves aren’t removed, the infection can turn into an abscess. Abscesses are severe. They cause extreme pain, tooth loss, and can break down your jawbone.

By seeking endodontic treatment early, you can prevent extensive surgery later. If you have any questions, contact Island Smile Dental Group to find out more.

When should I consider endodontic treatment?

The two most common reasons to visit an endodontist are to treat facial trauma that results in cracked or broken teeth and gum swelling and to ease tooth sensitivity.

Facial trauma

A blow to the face can cause nerve damage. Even if you haven’t suffered noticeable facial trauma, you should have your dentist take a look at your mouth any time you have swelling around your teeth and gums. The longer you leave it, the less chance you have of saving your tooth.

Tooth sensitivity

Hot or cold temperatures can trigger pain in your teeth’s nerves. Teeth shouldn’t feel so sensitive. If you’re feeling tooth sensitivity every day, schedule a checkup to make sure nothing is wrong.

What happens during a root canal?

A root canal is the most common endodontic treatment. Dr. Mekawy starts by numbing the area around the infected tooth. She then drills into the nerve canal to clean it and remove the infected tissue. Once clear, she fills the space with a sealant, places a crown over the tooth to protect it, and restores its appearance.

Dr. Mekawy has years of experience in identifying and treating nerve issues. If you have concerns about your teeth, book an appointment with her today over the phone or through this website.