Few things are as painful as when tooth decay has reached the root of a tooth and has infected it. If an abscess forms it could become even more painful. It is up to our Woodmere dentist Dr. Kenneth Bergen, DDS to treat the problem. Often when a tooth decays and is infected our doctor will respond with root canal therapy. The term “root canal” can make even the strongest man wince but in reality a root canal in our office is a fairly straightforward procedure that with the advances in anesthesia and root canal technology should cause little or no pain. Our office is equipped with the state-of-the-art in dental equipment and technology and our compassionate professional staff will do their best to make the procedure painless and stress-free.
Root canal therapy is indicated when a tooth’s soft inner core of pulp is infected by decay. This usually happens because debris and bacteria get inside the tooth through a crack or chip in the protective layer of denton. Denton above the gum line is normally protected by the tooth’s enamel and under the gum line by the cementum. The infected pulp can cause severe pain, sensitivity to hot, cold or percussion. Our Woodmere dentist drills into the infected tooth root and cleans out the pulp, which is not essential to a fully developed tooth. Once the pulp has been removed the root is sealed so no new infection or decay can re-enter it. Often, a crown to keep it clean and safe from additional infection will then cover the tooth.
In addition to stopping the pain and sensitivity symptoms the root canal therapy is done to save the tooth. Without the procedure the tooth will likely have to be extracted to prevent a serious infection and possible abscess. By doing the root canal therapy our Woodmere dentist has given the tooth a new lease on life and it should remain a strong functional tooth. If you feel any pain or sensitivity in your tooth don’t wait, come into our office and have one of our doctors determine the root of your problem and how best to treat it.