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Root Canal

Are you having a toothache or noticing gum inflammation around one of your teeth? You may have an infected tooth.

A root canal by Dr. Kevin Trotter can prevent the need for extraction. Best of all, he can complete the entire procedure in one visit.

Our Brooklyn, NY, practice can perform virtually painless root canal therapy to quickly restore your oral health and comfort.

Why Do I Need Root Canal Treatment?

The pulp in the center of your tooth consists of blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. This pulp can become infected when it comes into contact with bacteria due to a tooth being cracked or developing a deep cavity. Root canal treatment involves removing the infected pulp from within the tooth and root canals (the centers of the tooth roots), and preserving the exterior of the tooth. Without a root canal, tooth extraction would be the only solution.

The good news is that you don't need to visit an endodontist (a dentist specializing in issues affecting dental pulp). Dr. Trotter and his team can perform a root canal safely, with virtually no discomfort, in the span of a single appointment at our office in Brooklyn.

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Symptoms of a Root Canal Infection

Symptoms of a root canal infection can differ from one case to the next. These symptoms may indicate that you have a tooth infection:

Pain and Discomfort

You may have a moderate to severe toothache with lingering or spontaneous pain.

Tooth Sensitivity

You may have tooth sensitivity triggered by pressure, or when eating hot and cold foods or drinks.

Swollen Gums

You may feel tenderness or have inflamed gums and swollen cheeks.

Pus or Drainage

A small, recurring pimple may appear on the gums and leak pus.

Bad Taste

The infection may cause a bad taste in your mouth, giving you bad breath. 


Decay of the tooth's internal tissue can make your tooth look discolored. 

What to Expect  During Your Root Canal Treatment in Brooklyn

Once we have taken x-rays and confirmed that you have a tooth infection, your procedure will follow these basic steps:

To create a comfortable atmosphere for our patients, we offer Netflix, Pandora, and noise-canceling headphones in each dental suite.
To create a comfortable atmosphere for our patients, we offer Netflix, Pandora, and noise-canceling headphones in each dental suite.

Local Anesthesia

The doctor will first numb your tooth and gums with local anesthesia to ensure you are comfortable during the entire procedure. We can also provide dental sedation for deeper relaxation.

Accessing the Pulp

After you are comfortable, our dentist will create a small opening in the top of the tooth to gently access the pulp from the inside. 

Cleaning the Root Canal

After removing the pulp, our dentist will carefully clean and sterilize the tooth and root canals to eliminate any lingering bacteria and resolve the infection.

Restoring the Tooth

Dr. Trotter will then fill the tooth and its root canals with a rubber-like substance before restoring the tooth with a filling or a crown. If your tooth requires a crown, we will create it in-house using our CEREC® technology. In most cases, you can expect to leave your root canal appointment with a tooth that is free of infection and completely functional.
If your tooth is too compromised to save, we can provide solutions such as dental implants to replace the tooth and complete your smile.

We Utilize CEREC Technology For Same-Day Crowns

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In many cases, a crown is needed to protect the tooth following root canal treatment. We can use our state-of-the-art CEREC technology to create a customized, natural-looking crown in the same appointment. This saves you the trouble of having to wear a temporary crown and return to office for a second visit. We are glad to use this technology to make the dental care you need more convenient, affordable, and efficient. Don't worry about getting a referral to an endodontist — our dentist can give your teeth the endodontic care they need and much more at his Brooklyn office.

Brooklyn Heights, NY, Patients Thank Our Team




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The staff is very friendly, professional and knowledgeable in their field.

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Dr. Trotter is very knowledgeable, professional, kind and patient, and everyone in his office is professional and nice. 

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Dentistry at The Heights

Dentistry at the Heights is a family-run dental practice that has been proudly serving the community for over 40 years. Since taking over his father's practice over 15 years ago, Dr. Kevin Trotter has made it his mission to provide uncompromised excellence in dentistry. Dr. Trotter is a member of various prestigious dental organizations: 

  • New York State Dental Association
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • American Dental Association

Equipped with the latest dental technology, our team can create beautiful, custom dental restorations in one appointment. To schedule an appointment at Dentistry at The Heights, request a consultation online or call us at (718) 625-2116.

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