The term ‘root canal’ is derived from the cleaning, shaping, and filling of the canals inside the root of the tooth. It’s a procedure that repairs severely damaged or infected teeth often caused by a fracture or a severe cavity.
A root canal involves treating the damaged area of the tooth, the pulp, which is the soft tissue inside the tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue.
A cracked tooth or a severe cavity often lead to bacteria entering the pulp, causing an inflammation or infection deep within the tooth. Without treatment, the inflammation or infection can spread to the underlying bone and may result in pain and swelling. Sometimes the infection is so severe it may ultimately lead to tooth loss.
Dr. Berkowitz’s on-site endodontist, with many years of experience and patience, performs root canal therapy when the pulp is inflamed or infected. Leaving the pulp alone in such cases would cause severe pain and possibly tooth loss.
In the past, patients suffering from diseased or injured pulps didn’t have the option to save these teeth. Today, root canals are an easy and effective way for dentists to save teeth.
Root canal treatment often involves 1-3 visits. During the procedure, the dentist first removes the damaged pulp, then cleans and disinfects the pulp chamber and root canal before sealing it. A crown is often necessary to ultimately restore the tooth to natural form and function after root canal therapy.
If you practice good hygiene and continue to care for your teeth and gums, your restored tooth could last a lifetime. It’s important to schedule regular checkups to ensure that healthy tissues surround the root of your restored tooth.
Call the office of Dr. Berkowitz or schedule an appointment online to discuss your treatment options.
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