Our Apex Endodontics practice provides an array of endodontic and root canal therapy in our state-of-the-art office that is outfitted with the latest equipment and cutting edge dental technology. When pain strikes and a tooth is inflamed from infection our West Nyack endodontist will diagnose and treat the problem.
Our practice specializes in root canal therapy, also called endodontic therapy. The pain that people feel when a tooth’s roots are infected or decaying comes from bacteria, plaque and debris getting inside the tooth’s soft inner core, the pulp through a crack in the tooth, chip or a decayed spot on the surface. The pulp is generally protected by a harder surface called the dentin, which is further protected above the gum line by the enamel and below the gum line by the cementum. The tooth is numbed by a local anesthetic or if requested, nitrous oxide before the procedure starts so there is no pain or discomfort. During a root canal our West Nyack endodontist will drill to open the tooth and reveal its roots, our doctor will then use miniature instruments to remove the entire pulp from each root. A mature tooth can survive without its pulp and will get nutrients from the surrounding gum. Once the infected pulp has been removed the canals are filled with a rubber-like substance that seals them and prevents re-infection. A crown is then placed on the tooth to further protect it from decay and infections and to restore full functionality to the tooth.
If our West Nyack endodontist hadn’t performed the root canal the infection would have probably worsened in the tooth and there may have been a very painful abscess. Root canal therapy is a measure that is not only designed to relieve pain but to also save the tooth from eventual loss. If you have pain or sensitivity in a tooth don’t hesitate call our office for an appointment with our doctor.