By Dr David Kahn, DMD & Dr John Pergolizzi, DMD
November 06, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Most people think of root canal procedures as the epitome of a painful dental experience. In reality, the opposite is true- root canals are Root Canal often one of the most effective ways to relieve dental pain. If you have severe tooth pain, pain on chewing/biting, gum swelling or pain, or pain that lingers after eating, a root canal could be the path to healing and comfort. Read on to inform yourself about when root canals are appropriate, what the procedure is like, and where to get more information and help. 

If the hard outer enamel layer of your tooth is significantly damaged (from either trauma or decay), germs can gain access to the soft inner ‘pulp’ tissue, which contains the nerves and blood supply. When an infection results, swelling and inflammation occurs and the tooth and gums can become extremely painful, especially when trying to eat. This is when a root canal procedure can make a huge difference.

The Procedure:
The first step in a root canal procedure is the administration of a local anesthetic, just like having a cavity filled- consequently, the procedure itself does not usually cause pain! Once the area is numb, your dentist will make or enlarge the hole in the enamel to allow access to the pulp. Any infected or dead tissue is removed, and the infection is cleaned out thoroughly. The result space is filled with a combination of bio-compatible plastic and an adhesive substance, making a form-fitting and supportive inner structure. The hole in the enamel is then filled just like a standard cavity. However, if the enamel is majorly damaged, the tooth may need to also be crowned. 

Should I seek treatment?
If you have dental pain, it is always a good idea to seek a professional consultation. If you have pain as described above, it could be even more important. If left untreated, a tooth infection can spread and require more invasive and advanced interventions, such as complete tooth replacement and antibiotics. Prompt treatment will ensure your pain is minimized…so call the caring professionals at the office of Dr. David Kahn and Dr. John Pergolizzi. Located in Ringwood, NJ, their staff will make sure you are at ease and that you receive only the best care. Reach them at (973) 835-3900 for more information or appointments!


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Dr David Kahn, DMD & Dr John Pergolizzi, DMD

(973) 835-3900
Dentist in Ringwood, NJ
Dr. David Kahn, DMD & Dr. John Pergolizzi, DMD
10 Greenwood Lake Tpke
Ringwood, NJ 07456
(973) 835-3900
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