Years and years ago, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, you’d probably lose that tooth. However, Dr. Michael Feinberg, your Brooklyn endodontist, can save that tooth with advanced root canal therapy. Endodontics is a specialist sub-field of dentistry that focuses on the pulp of the tooth and the tissue around it. Endodontists, like Dr. Feinberg are familiar with how to stabilize and protect the sensitive and important innards of your teeth, where your tooth is actually living. Through root canals and other procedures, the Borough Park endodontists at the Brooklyn offices of Dr. Feinberg can extend the life of decaying teeth, thus giving you a healthier mouth.
The root of your tooth is underneath the gum line, whereas the visible portion of the tooth is called the crown. The outer portion of the root is a hard tissue called dentin and the inside channel, or “root canal” is a pulp of soft tissue, blood vessels and nerves. The “root canal” is responsible for forming the surrounding dentin and enamel during tooth development. When the pulp becomes inflamed or infected, you’ll require endodontic treatment with Dr. Feinberg. Oftentimes, it is a result from deep cavities called caries, repeated dental procedures, cracks or chips. If pulp inflammation or infection goes untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess. The common symptoms accompanying a root canal include prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, discoloration of the tooth, swelling or tenderness of the tooth, or swelling or tenderness of adjacent gums. Rather than pull out the infected tooth, our Flatbush endodontic specialists aim to save our patient’s natural teeth by restoring dental health and function.
Endodontic treatment helps save your tooth by removing the diseased portion of the tooth, in this case, the pulp. Additionally, it prevents further infection because your Brooklyn endodontist, Dr. Feinberg, will carefully clean and shape the canal system and then permanently seal the prepared space. The outer surface is then sealed with a temporary restoration, and later on, a permanent restoration must be placed to protect your tooth against fracture and recontamination.