What is root canal therapy?

by | Apr 18, 2017 | Dentist

Root canal therapy is a dental procedure that is used to restore a tooth that has been damaged due to trauma or infection. Root canal therapy in New York involves removing the material from within the pulp chamber of a tooth. There are a number of causes including a cracked tooth, major decay or even repeated procedures having been done on the same tooth. The term “root canal therapy” obviously comes from cleaning, disinfecting and sealing of the canals found in a tooth root.

The beginnings of decay:

Decay starts at the tooth enamel and then progresses into the tooth lawyer under the enamel; the dentin. Decay progresses to the point where it reaches the pulp; the nerve structure of a tooth. Once decay reaches the pulp the nerves begin to die and the damage becomes irreversible. AS the nerves die an infection forms at the end of the tooth root. The result is incredible pain and swelling around the target tooth. There are only two solutions; extract the tooth or treat the tooth with root canal therapy in New York.

What does the dentist do when performing root canal therapy?

There is an inordinate fear associated with root canal therapy but there should not be. The target tooth is anesthetized the same as if the dentist was repairing a simple cavity, having root canal therapy is not painful.

Using a series of tiny “files” the dentist removes the infected pulp and nerve tissue. Once the canal has been cleaned it is filled with a substance that is similar to rubber, this material is called gutta-percha. This material seals the canal, ensuring that fluids do not reach to interior of the tooth. The procedure is completed when the tooth is crowned.

Your dentist will schedule you for a follow up visit in approximately six months to ensure that the bone that surrounds the tooth has healed properly. The success rate of root canal therapy in New York is almost 100 percent and is far less expensive than extraction and dental implant.

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