There was a time not too long ago when a lot of patients shuddered at the thought of having a root canal done. Root canals have a bad rap, with myths about them being expensive, time consuming, and painful. Many people are afraid to have root canal therapy, but thanks to advances in today’s dental technology, it doesn’t have to be that way. Our endodontist in Ridgewood can perform root canal therapy in just a few hours, painlessly and in our offices.
Root canal therapy is needed when the inner pulp of a tooth has become damaged and is starting to hurt the rest of the tooth. Damage to the tooth’s fragile inner pulp can happen in one of a few ways; from damage, from cavities that form decay, from a crack or chip, or from repeated dental procedures within the same area. Once the pulp has gotten infected, it can be extremely painful and cause a dangerous condition called an abscess. The abscess is caused by bacteria forming around the pulp, deep inside the tooth and at the tooth’s root. The abscess is a pus filled pocket that can cause swelling and infection as well as extreme pain. Once the abscess has formed, our endodontist in Ridgewood will need to clean out and seal the area.
A root canal procedure done by our endodontist in Ridgewood basically consists of the nerve and pulp inside the tooth being removed to alleviate the swelling and pain, and clear the infection, before finally cleaning and sealing the area. The tissue must be removed in order to prevent future infection. For more information on root canal therapy and how we can help you have healthy teeth, call the offices of Dennis Block. Our friendly staff can answer any questions you may have regarding your root canal, and schedule an appointment for you if necessary.
By Patient Friendly Dental
December 7, 2016