Everyone has seen the sitcom, movie, or heard the late night T.V. stand up comedian and their root canal routines. They are funny and if you have ever had a tooth ache, painful to watch. However, if your tooth breaks or untreated decay reaches the nerve of your tooth what are your options?
- Root canal therapy also known as endodontic therapy
- Extraction or pull the offending tooth
Thank heavens for root canal therapy.
Dr. Sternberg is a well-trained dentist with extensive endodontic experience. At his office in Freehold near Millstone and Manalapan he first performs a thorough diagnostic examination to determine the culprit tooth. This will include a comprehensive and thorough medical and dental history. Suspect teeth are then tested for heat or cold sensitivity as well as diagnostic metering to check the state of the tissue within the tooth that might be causing discomfort An x-ray is taken to confirm the diagnosis. Topical anesthetic is applied followed by a local anesthetic to alleviate discomfort. The Dental dam is then placed over the offending tooth in order to isolate it. The dental dam allows treatment to begin in a draped clean environment. Access is made, using special instrumentation, to the enclosed central area of the tooth. This area is called the pulp chamber. The nerve tissue inside the chamber has developed with the tooth, which surrounds it. Dr. Sternberg strives to complete this entire procedure with maximum comfort to his patients.
Decay or Trauma
When decay or trauma invades the chamber the nerve tissue becomes inflamed and hurts to cold then hot and finally to touch. It can make a super hero or heroine call for their dentist. The hurting tooth cannot be ignored. An inflamed tooth can not be filled with the usual dental materials. It would be like putting a lid on a pressure cooker.
Dr. Sternberg proceeds to remove the inflamed tissue and washes the chamber in which the inflamed pulp was housed. This usually provides immediate relief. Most people would rather be somewhere else other than the dentist, but after endodontic treatment the dentist is their new BFF.
The pulp chamber and it’s pathways within the root system is cleaned, shaped and packed with a special material that allows the remaining tooth and root to be the sound foundation for a rebuilt healthy viable new tooth.
Call Dr Sternberg today at 732-431-3331 for root canal therapy in Freehold, New Jersey Monmouth County easily accessible to Colts neck and the Jersey Shore.
You can chew again and smile in comfort!