When a tooth is decaying on the inside it can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort. If the pulp of the tooth, which is the soft inside area of the root that houses the blood vessels and nerves becomes damaged because of decay, a crack in the tooth, injury, gum disease or even from too many dental procedures it will become increasingly more damaged and cause pain or even an abscess. A root canal is a simple treatment that can clear out the pulp and save the tooth from eventual destruction. Our Ridgewood endodontist
, Dr. Dennis Block, DDS and his associates have been specially trained to perform endodontic treatments (root canal) to alleviate pain and rid the tooth of infection and decay. Using the latest in dental equipment and technology including microscopes to aid treatment and 3-D digital imaging our office is capable of handling any endodontic procedure or emergency.
Root canals are one of the most common dental procedures with over 21 million performed every year. First the tooth and the surrounding area will be numbed using a local anesthetic. Our Ridgewood endodontist will make a hole in the enamel, which is the outer layer of the tooth, down through the protective hard dentin and into the damaged pulp. Using our microscopes to locate the tooth’s roots our doctor will use special miniature hand instruments and inject fluid to clear all the pulp out of the tooth and clean it out. A mature tooth no longer needs the pulp for nourishment, which it will glean from the adjoining teeth and gums. After the infected and inflamed pulp has been removed the roots are filled with a biocompatible filling and sealed to keep decay from ever getting inside. A temporary filling may also be placed where the original access hole was drilled.
A root canal will be followed-up by the removal of the temporary filling and replace it with a crown. Sometimes even after an endodontic treatment the tooth will still be painful and sensitive this indicates that there may be some decayed material left or that there was an additional root that was left untreated. In these cases our Ridgewood endodontist
will perform an endodontic retreatment where he will follow the same procedure as during the original root canal except that instead of removing the pulp he will remove the biocompatible filling. If your dentist recommends endodontic treatment call our office immediately so your tooth can get the relief it needs to remain a vital part of your mouth.
By Patient Friendly Dental
July 26, 2018