Dr. Dmitry Karagodsky understands just how painful it can be to have infected tooth pulp. This infection can be caused by trauma to the tooth, by deep decay, by cracks and chips, or by simply the passage of time. Dr. Karagodsky offers Root Canal Therapy at his Philadelphia, PA office to soothe pain and eliminate infection. Root canal therapy is the complete removal of the nerve of a tooth. Root canal therapy also entails a thorough cleaning, disinfecting, and sealing of a tooth’s root canal system. The root canal system is located in the center of each tooth.
Dr. Karagodsky can gently remove infected pulp from the tooth root, and ultimately soothe pain with root canal therapy.
Why would a tooth root canal system need its nerve removed, cleaned, disinfected, and sealed? The primary reason is tooth decay (bacteria). Tooth decay starts small, at which time it is usually found in the first two layers of the teeth, the enamel, and dentin. When detected at this early stage, we can easily remove the decay, and cure the tooth with a resin filling. However, what tends to happen is that since there is generally no pain associated with this stage of tooth decay, a lot of people do nothing about it, and totally neglect the tooth.
The problem is that tooth decay does not remain small; it progresses until it reaches the third layer of the tooth, the root canal system in the center of the tooth where the nerve and blood vessels are contained. Once the bacterium reaches the nerve, it multiplies even faster. This is because the nerve is soft tissue, unlike the first two layers of the teeth which are hard tissue (enamel and dentin). The bacteria then travel down the root canal system, contaminating it, and causing an infection in the jawbone. At this point, the person will experience an agonizing toothache, and will be in a lot of pain and distress. Once the nerve is contaminated, a resin filling will no longer work to cure the tooth. Your dentist will be limited to only two options that can resolve the infection and alleviate the pain. One option is to extract (remove) the tooth. The other option is to save the tooth through the use of root canal therapy.
Root canal therapy will remove the diseased and necrotic nerve. It will also clean, disinfect, and seal the tooth’s root canal system. Consequently, root canal therapy will eliminate the bacteria, cure the infection in the bone, and alleviate the pain. You will be able to save your tooth, and to enjoy chewing on it for a long time; thanks to root canal therapy’s long-term success.
Other reasons for root canal therapy are nerve damage due to physical trauma, a hypersensitive tooth, and any other aggravating circumstance which causes inflammation of the root canal system.
Any of the above symptoms will ultimately lead to the need for non-surgical root canal treatment in order to eliminate the diseased pulp. The injured and infected pulp is removed, and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. We use local anesthesia to numb any potential pain and discomfort.
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