Greetings from Dr. Pasch, Dr. Yam, Dr. Shirzadnia and Dr. Song!
Many patients flinch when dentists tell them they need root canal therapy. While
we are sympathetic to fears of pain, we also want patients to know that root canal
therapy has three main purposes:
1. Stop the toothache;
2. Prevent bacteria and pain from spreading into the jaw;
3. Maintain the original tooth instead of replacing it with an implant, bridge or denture.
The root canal is actually a channel that runs from the root of the tooth, which connects
to the bone, up to the top surface of the tooth. The canal contains blood vessels,
nerves, and the complex cells that make up the living tissue inside the tooth. This lifeline
inside the tooth is called the pulp. When this internal pulp gets infected, patients end up
with root canal disease or other endodontic problems.
When a tooth is decayed or cracked, bacteria can get to the pulp. The acid from the
bacteria irritates the pulp and it becomes inflamed; it's the same process you watch
when other parts of your body become infected. When the pulp tissue becomes
inflamed, it's harder for blood to flow to the tissue, and the resulting pressure creates
pain inside your tooth.
Fortunately, at Herald Square Dental we're well-equipped to help relieve your dental pain. If you have questions regarding root canal or any other dental procedure, please call our office at 212-689-0024 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org today.
Herald Square Dental
& The Denture Center