Root Canals

Every tooth in the human body has a nerve. The nerve is the center-most part of the tooth, and resides within the dental pulp along with arteries and blood vessels. This is what gives the tooth vitality. If you look at every tooth as an organ, each tooth is no different than any other organ in our body. Just like lungs, kidneys, and our heart can "go bad," teeth can go bad, too. When the nerve of a tooth dies, there are two choices available to the patient. One is to extract the tooth, and the other is to undergo a procedure called a root canal.



A root canal allows a patient to hang onto the dying tooth by removing the infected nerve tissue. After that nerve tissue is removed and filled with a suitable material, the dental pain goes away from that tooth and the patient is able to retain it. If the patient were to extract the tooth and wanted to replace it later in life, they would require either a dental implant or a dental bridge. By saving the tooth, there is a root structure. While it may not be living, it is there and anchored into the bone, which allows Dr. Ingber to rebuild the tooth structure with a dental crown. That is the beauty of undergoing root canal therapy.

Root canals have a bad reputation. However, this is due to the fact that many patients do not address the issue soon enough and experience pain and discomfort beyond what is necessary. Whether a patient waits too long because of a fear of the dentist, anxiety of a dental procedure, or lack of money, the problem will get more severe. The infection will stay in the bone and grow, destroying the surrounding bone. The pain can increase, and swelling of the face under the eye and around the jawbone may increase. The infection will over time become more and more resistant to antibiotics as well as the novocaine that Dr. Ingber wants to use in order to anesthetize the tooth in order to perform the root canal. A small easy-to-fix problem can turn into a much bigger, more difficult dental concern to solve. When patients are diagnosed properly and receive treatment in a timely manner, the procedure is 100% painless. With the automated techniques that are used now, root canals can be completed in one visit. Many of the "horror stories" associated with root canals are often self-inflicted issues that result from patients who do not regularly visit their dentist and treat the issue when it starts.

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