Root Canal Therapy Near You
Your teeth consist of several layers to help protect them. The three layers are the enamel, dentin, and pulp. The enamel is the outermost layer and is also the strongest and protects the dentin and pulp. The pulp is the space inside of the tooth where the live tissue and nerves of each tooth reside. When patients have a problem with the pulp of the tooth becoming exposed to the outside, it can contaminate the tissues and cause an infection.
What can cause the pulp of a tooth to become exposed?
There are several causes of pulp exposure. They include:
- A broken or fractured tooth
- A large cavity
- Chronic tooth grinding and clenching (bruxism)
Regardless of the cause of pulp exposure, there is a solution: root canal therapy.
Understanding root canal therapy
Root canal therapy is a dental procedure during which the dentist at Palisades Dental in Dumont, NJ will access the inner canals of the tooth using specialized instruments. Inside of the pulp space, the dental pulp is removed, including infected and dead tissue. Then, the space is disinfected, and gutta percha is used to seal off the canal. This eliminates the risk of infection recurring and keeps the tooth safe from further damage. The procedure is not complete until the dentist creates a dental crown to cover this tooth, as the removal of the pulp can leave the tooth susceptible to breakage due to the weakening of the tooth’s structure. However, root canal therapy is highly desirable compared to the alternative, which is the permanent extraction and removal of the natural tooth by our experienced dental team. Root canal therapy is the last resort to save a tooth.
Do I need root canal therapy?
The best way to determine if a patient is a good candidate for treatment is to have them book a consultation visit at Palisades Dental. Our team is here to help Dumont, NJ area patients achieve healthy smiles, even through endodontic treatments when problems arise. Our practice is located at 47 East Madison Avenue and can be reached telephonically at (201) 568-9811. We are always accepting new patients and families in the community for comprehensive care.