Root Canals

Root Canals by Comfortable Care Dentistry
Root canal (endodontic) therapy is used to correct disorders of the dental pulp, the soft tissue inside the tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. In the past, teeth with infected nerves generally had to be removed. Now we can save teeth with modern dentistry techniques such as root canal therapy. Dr. Kostrzewski has performed numerous root canal procedures and offers a gentle touch to the restoration of the damaged tooth.

Although an infected nerve in our teeth can be prevented with proper oral health care as well as periodic dental checkups and cleanings, there are cases when dental problems are not caught early enough and a root canal is necessary. An infected pulp can be very painful and cause dangers to your overall health, including the infection of the surrounding bone and onset of tooth loss.

Some of the symptoms of a damaged pulp include:

sensitivity to hot/cold or sweets;
pain;
swelling;
pain to biting or pressure;
bad taste in the mouth.
There are even cases when there are no apparent symptoms and a person does not know of a problem until a dental checkup.

Causes of Pulpal Nerve Damage

The two most common reasons for pulpal nerve damage include:

Physical irritation– The pulp can be infected by the onset of aggressive tooth decay (cavity) reaching down to the nerve or through deep fillings, allowing harmful bacteria to reach the nerve resulting in infection and decay.
Trauma– A severely damaged tooth caused by a traumatic incident can cause damage to sensitive nerve tissue within the tooth.
Root Canal Procedure

Your root canal procedure will begin with Dr. Kostrzewski gently removing the top of your tooth, or crown, to allow access to the pulpal tissue. Once exposed the infected pulpal tissue is removed and the surrounding area is carefully cleaned, enlarged, and shaped to provide a clean, bondable surface for filling with a permanent filler to prohibit any further infection and discomfort. After the filling is placed, a dental crown is custom-made to be placed on your restored tooth. Patients who are nervous about getting a procedure like this done should consider the benefits of sedation dentistry which will allow them to maintain a relaxed state throughout the procedure.

The only other treatment option for an infected pulpal tissue is to completely remove the affected tooth, a procedure that dentists usually like to avoid if it is possible to preserve healthy tooth structure.

For more information on root canal therapy or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kostrzewski, please contact our office today. Contact Comfortable Care Dentistry Today 203-951-3153