Your teeth are made up of three different layers. The first layer is the hard (white color) outside surface of your teeth which is called enamel. Under the enamel lies the second layer which is called dentin (yellowish in color). Dentin is what allows your teeth to absorb a large amount of pressure and flex without breaking. The dentin encompasses the third layer which is the tooth Pulp.

Once the root canal becomes infected, there are only two solutions for the tooth: root canal therapy or tooth extraction (removal).

A root canal procedure is done to save the tooth and prevent it from needing to be removed as a result of infection and bacteria.

If the root canal becomes infected with bacteria, the infection can spread from the root canal to the gums and cause other, even more serious dental problems, and possibly allowing the infection to enter the blood stream.

An infected root canal can be detected by:

  • Swollen Gums
  • Redness Around Tooth
  • Intense Tooth Pain
  • Increased Tooth Sensitivity
  • Throbbing Pain
  • Hot and Cold Lingering Sensitivity
 

How is the root canal procedure done?

A root canal procedure begins by first creating an access opening in the top portion of the tooth. Dr. Scander then removes the pulp tissue from inside the tooth with very small instruments shaping and disinfecting the canals. The canals are then filled with a filling material that seals the canals.

A root canal is a way for you to avoid other dental restorations like bridges or dental implants that you would need if the tooth were extracted as a necessary measure.

Generally the strength of the tooth is weakened by the root canal procedure. After your root canal, your tooth might need a post and core to build the tooth back. The tooth will need a crown that restores the tooth back to normal allowing you to smile and eat foods with confidence.

If you are suffering from any of the above root canal symptoms please call our office at 201-746-9500 or click here to request an appointment online.