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Ithaca, NY 14850

Abscesses and Pulpitis (1 Step Root Canal)

Underneath your tooth’s outer enamel and within the dentin is an area of soft tissue called, the pulp, which carries the tooth’s nerves, veins, arteries and lymph vessels. Root canals are very small, thin divisions that branch off from the top pulp chamber down to the tip of the root. A tooth can have one to four canals. When the pulp becomes infected due to a deep cavity or fracture that allows bacteria to seep in, or injury due to trauma, it can die. Dead pulp causes increased blood flow and cellular activity, and pressure cannot be relieved from inside the tooth. Pain in the tooth is commonly felt when biting down, chewing or hot or cold foods. Because the tooth will not heal without treatment, the infection will spread and bone around the tooth will begin to degenerate. Pain usually worsens until one is forced to seek emergency dental attention. During the procedure, the pulp canal is cleansed and then filled with a rubber like gutta percha material to prevent recontamination. This procedure can usually be done in one visit, and with the new technology is no more uncomfortable than having a filling done. Once filled the tooth is still weak, we will recommend an internal post be inserted to reinforce the tooth, then a crown be placed over the tooth to strengthen it.

Call our Ithaca dental office today to reserve your consultation, checkup, or second-opinion visit with Dr. Fey. Our Ithaca dental office is conveniently located, and we serve patients of all ages and from all walks of life. We’re changing the face of dentistry with a different level of care!

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