Root Canals  Southampton, PA
This treatment is recommended for patients whose teeth have become compromised from decay or infection. Dr. Dmitry Karagodsky understands just how painful it can be to have infected pulp.

This infection may be caused by trauma to the tooth, by deep decay, by cracks and chips, or simply by the passage of time. Dr. Karagodsky offers Root Canal Therapy at his office to soothe pain and eliminate the infection.

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Smile Maker utilizes advanced technology during each phase of this treatment process, thus ensuring gratifying and lasting results. Root canal therapy is the complete removal of the nerve of a tooth. Root canal therapy also entails a thorough cleaning, disinfecting, and sealing of a tooth’s root canal system.

Root canal procedures help preserve oral health and improve an infected tooth’s overall appearance, which has darkened due to bacteria. As a multi-service practice, our team of professionals can provide treatments for an array of dental health conditions.

The root canal system is located in the center of each tooth.

Dr. Karagodsky can gently remove infected pulp from the tooth root, and ultimately soothe pain with root canal therapy.

Why would a tooth root canal system need its nerve removed, cleaned, disinfected, and sealed? The primary reason is tooth decay (bacteria). Tooth decay starts small, at which time it is mostly found in the first two layers of the teeth, the enamel and dentin.

When detected early, we can easily remove the decay and cure the tooth with a resin filling. However, what tends to happen is that since there is generally no pain associated with this stage of tooth decay, people tend to do nothing about it and neglect the tooth.

The problem is that tooth decay does not remain small; it progresses until it reaches the third layer of the tooth, the root canal system in the center of the tooth, where the nerve and vessels are contained. Once the bacterium reaches the nerve, it multiplies even faster; this is because the nerve is soft, unlike the first two layers of the teeth, which are hard tissue (enamel and dentin).

The bacteria then travel down the root canal system, contaminating it and causing an infection in the jawbone. At this point, the person will experience an agonizing toothache and be in a lot of pain and likely very distressed. Once the nerve is contaminated, a resin filling will no longer work to cure the tooth.

The dentist will be limited to only two options that can resolve the infection and alleviate the pain. One option is to extract (remove) the tooth. The other option is to save the tooth through the use of root canal therapy.

Root canal therapy will remove the diseased and necrotic nerve. It will also clean, disinfect, and seal the tooth’s root canal system. Consequently, root canal therapy will eliminate the bacteria, cure the bone’s infection, and alleviate the pain. The patient will be able to save their tooth and enjoy chewing on it for a long time, thanks to root canal therapy’s long-term success.

Other reasons for root canal therapy are nerve damage due to physical trauma, a hypersensitive tooth, and any other aggravating circumstance which causes inflammation of the root canal system.

Any of the above symptoms will ultimately lead to the need for non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. The injured and infected pulp is removed, and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. We use local anesthesia to numb any potential pain and discomfort.