If you think root canal therapy is one of — if not the most painful dental treatment imaginable — you are not alone. From urban legends about torture and pain to pop culture depictions of sadistic dentists, root canals have unfairly developed a terrible reputation. It may be hard for some people to believe, but dentists like Dr. David Kahn and Dr. John Pergolizzi in Ringwood, NJ, actually use root canals to relieve pain and save a severely decayed or damaged tooth from extraction.
Root Canal Therapy in Ringwood, NJ
How can a procedure associated with excruciating pain actually alleviate it? The truth is that root canal treatments are fairly similar to having a cavity filled in terms of discomfort levels. Root canal therapy removes bacteria and damaged nerve tissue from inside the tooth, which relieves the pain caused by inflammation, and also helps to strengthen the tooth and save it from potential extraction, which is actually the more traumatic procedure. Performed under topical and local anesthesia, chances are you won't feel much of anything as your dentist performs the treatment.
When is a Root Canal Necessary?
The most common cause of damage to the nerve tissue inside of the teeth (also known as pulp) is through advanced tooth decay, or a crack or chip in the tooth that allows bacteria to get through and accumulate. Also known as endodontic treatment, a root canal essentially scoops out all of the infection causing bacteria, and any tissue that has been damaged before treatment. Once it has been cleaned out, the tooth is sealed with cosmetic bonding, which fortifies the tooth and protects the pulp from new bacteria. And contrary to popular belief, most people find that the procedure is not painful or traumatic at all!
Find a Dentist in Ringwood, NJ
If you are suffering from tooth pain, or are nervous about going to the dentist, contact our office by calling (973) 835-3900 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kahn or Dr. Pergolizzi today.