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Root Canal Therapy in Park Slope

When most people think of a root canal, they imagine a painful and time-consuming dental procedure. In truth, the opposite is true. Root canal treatment is intended to relieve the pain of a seriously infected tooth, and the procedure doesn’t require much more time than what is needed for a filling.

To understand how a tooth can become infected, let’s examine the structure of a tooth. Look at your teeth and you see enamel, the hard outer layer that protects the tooth. The next layer is dentin, which is somewhat softer and more sensitive. Finally, at the center of the tooth is the pulp chamber, which contains a tooth’s blood, lymph and nerve tissue. A tooth becomes infected when bacteria access the pulp chamber and the attached root canals. In a healthy tooth, this chamber is well guarded by the outer layers of enamel and dentin. However, when a tooth is damaged by severe decay or a deep crack, bacteria can have an entry. Because the nerve of a tooth is here, the infection can be quite painful.

In addition to pain, the other signs that may indicate you have an infected tooth include:

A Root Canal in Park Slope

Once you are comfortable and the infected tooth and surrounding tissue are sufficiently anesthetized, an access hole to the pulp chamber is drilled. Using precise instruments, the infection, debris and the entire content of the pulp chamber and attached roots canals are removed. Fortunately, a tooth remains 100 percent functional without the blood, lymph and nerve tissue in the chamber. Once cleaned and disinfected, the chamber is filled with an inert material called gutta-percha. This substance expands to fill the chamber and prevent bacteria from re-entering and causing another infection. Finally, the access hole is sealed and the tooth is protected by a temporary crown.

After a root canal, some soreness is to be expected. Usually, an over-the-counter pain reliever is enough to overcome any discomfort. After a few weeks of healing, you’ll return to The Dental Spa of New York, so we can prepare the tooth for a permanent crown. A tooth that has had a root canal requires a crown to restore strength and function. Once your permanent crown is sent from our dental lab, Dr. Sapienza will carefully examine it for quality and fit. Then, your custom crafted crown will be cemented into place and you’ll have a healthy and beautiful tooth.

Complete Dental Care in Park Slope

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, then call Dr. Sapienza and the staff at The Dental Spa of New York. We will examine your tooth and take care of all the dental needs of you and your family. The dentist Park Slope trusts conveniently serves patients from the surrounding communities of Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Prospect Heights and Carroll Gardens and other areas of Brooklyn and Queens.