Robert B. Ruyak, DMD

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Root Canal Therapy

When teeth are infected, they can cause major problems within the mouth and can cause major pain. It is in the event of an infected tooth that root canal therapy must be performed. Dr. Robert B. Ruyak, DMD of Bethlehem, PA performs skilled root canal therapy for his patients who are suffering with an infected tooth.

When bacteria enter the inside of a tooth, the dental pulp, through decay or a crack, this can infect the dental pulp. Infections lead to pain, irritation, and sensitivity. An infected tooth will need to be cleaned out to heal healthy again so that it does not further infect the mouth, destroy bone tissue, and cause the tooth to fall out.

Dr. Ruyak begins root canal therapy by drilling an access hole in the tooth. Through this hole, the dental pulp is reached. The infected tissue is cleaned out and the root canal is scrubbed clean. A sealant called gutta-percha is placed into the tooth to fill the open space and then the access hole is filled. This allows any damaged bone tissue to grow back healthy and allows the tooth to continue a strong and healthy life.

Signs of an infected tooth include a dark spot on the tooth, sensitivity, pain when used to chew, and irritated gums. If you are experiencing any of these signs, call Dr. Robert B. Ruyak, DMD for an examination. You can reach our Bethlehem, PA dental practice at (610) 861-0777 or by visiting our website,

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