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Is a Root Canal Right for Me?

Posted on 12/28/2015 by Michael Bleyzer, DDS
Find out if root canal treatment may be in your near future.

It can be difficult to know when a root canal is imminent. Luckily, your Rockland County, NY dentist Dr. Michael Bleyzer can let you know. Don’t let tooth problems take over your smile. Find out when to come into our office for treatment.

Anatomy of the Inside of a Tooth

When we think about teeth we often think about the hard layers of enamel that make up the outer portions of the tooth. But what lies beneath? If you were to take apart a tooth you would find a dental pulp in the center. The dental pulp contains connective tissue, nerves and blood vessels.

Cross section of a tooth showing the rootWhile it might seem as if the tooth’s nerve is necessary for its function, its only purpose is to sense temperatures and sensations like hot or cold. This means that the tooth can function perfectly fine without a nerve.

The Purpose of a Root Canal

If the dental pulp or nerve becomes damaged it starts to deteriorate. When this happens bacteria in the pulp chamber begins to buildup. These bacteria can then cause an infection or abscess to form. To prevent serious issues such as tooth or bone loss your Rockland County dentist needs to remove the dental pulp right away.

A root canal may be recommended if you are dealing with any of these issues:
- An abscess or infection
- Severe decay
- Direct trauma

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms then it’s time you saw your dentist in Rockland County for a proper diagnosis:
- Severe or persistent tooth pain, particularly when chewing
- Increased sensitivity to hot or cold
- Tooth discoloration
- Swollen or tender gums
- A recurring pimple on the gums

Even though these symptoms are indicative of needing a root canal, not all dental problems will present with symptoms. You may not even know that you have a serious issue brewing. That’s why it’s important to keep up with those six-month visits to our office.

Getting a Root Canal

The root canal process usually requires that you come into our office for more than one visit. The procedure itself is performed under local anesthesia so you shouldn’t feel any discomfort. Once your mouth is numb, we will drill through the hard outer layers until we reach the inside of the tooth. Once inside, we will remove the diseased tissue and fully clean the tooth. After which we will seal the tooth back up. During your second visit we will place a customized dental crown over the tooth to restore full function and shape.

Dental pain is nothing to ignore. If you are dealing with a toothache call your Rockland County dentist today. We are here to serve you and your smile.
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Michael Bleyzer, DDS

(845) 429-8060
14 Thiells Mt Ivy Rd
Pomona, NY 10970-3038
Right off of Exit 13 Palisades Parkway


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