Root Canals

Why do I need one?

The pulp, or soft inner tissue is important during the tooth's development. Once a tooth is fully mature, the tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth is nourished by tissues surrounding it. The pulp is normally surrounded and protected by a layer of dentin.

Above the gumline, the dentin is protected by a layer of enamel; below the gum-line the dentin is covered by cementum. When a crack or cavity destroys these protective layers, the pulp is exposed to irritants and bacteria in your mouth. This can result in inflammation then infection, and, eventually, an abscess. Periodontal (gum) disease or a severe blow to the tooth can also damage the pulp. Endodontic therapy removes the damaged pulp and usually the tooth returns to a healthy condition.

If an abscess was present before treatment the healing process may take up to 2 years.

 


Monroe Dental Group

809 State Route 208
Monroe, NY 10950
(845) 490-6361



Pine Bush Dental Group

2412 State Route 52
Pine Bush, NY 12566
(845) 704-7602


Middletown Dental Associates

225 Dolson Ave
Suite 202
Middletown, NY 10940
(845) 406-4269


Newburgh Dental Associates

407 Gidney Ave
Newburgh, NY 12550
(845) 669-1186