Root Canals – The 411

Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but damage from a severe cavity or an injury may cause one of your teeth to crack, leaving the inside – the pulp – open for infection. This can lead to damage of the bone surrounding the tooth, resulting in pain and swelling, and if left untreated, a serious infection or abscess could result. The pulp may die, you may lose bone or lose the tooth, itself. Signs that you may need root canal therapy include severe tooth pain, swollen gums, swelling of your face and neck and temperature sensitivity.

root canal therapyRoot canal therapy, also called endodontic treatment, is designed to save a badly damaged or infected tooth instead of removing it. It involves opening the diseased tooth, removing the infected pulp, cleaning the canals inside the root, and filling and sealing the tooth.

Millions of teeth are treated and saved each year with root canal therapy. Years ago, root canals were often painful. But with today’s advances in dentistry, there is little, if any, pain involved with a root canal. There are mild sedatives available which you can take just prior to your visits which can make the experience more pleasant if you are fearful.

Root canal therapy usually takes two or three visits. On the first visit, X-rays are taken to determine the extent of the damage. If the infection is severe, your dentist may also prescribe an antibiotic. At the next visit, an opening is made through the tooth to gain access to the pulp chamber. Using tiny dental instruments, the diseased pulp is removed and the chamber and root canals are cleaned and flushed. A temporary filling is placed to protect the tooth.

When it’s time to fill the root canals, the temporary filling is removed, the interior is dried and filled with special filling materials to protect the canals. The final stage of root canal therapy is restoring your tooth. This may be done with a porcelain, gold or porcelain/metal crown matching the color of your other teeth.

If you are experiencing dental pain and would like to discuss possible root canal therapy, call to book a consultation appointment, today: 973-328-1225.

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Why the Modern Root Canal Is Nothing Like Its Painful Reputation

It’s not as bad as a root canal is a familiar figure of speech. We would like to clarify this archaic misconception as root canal treatments have come a long way since your grandmother had one. These days, leaps in dental technology and anesthesia have made root canals no more painful than a tooth extraction.

When is a root canal treatment necessary?

First of all, let’s have a quick lesson on dental anatomy. Beneath the tooth’s hard exteriors is the dental pulp, which comprises the tooth’s soft interiors. The pulp houses the delicate blood vessels, connective tissues, and nerve endings that support the overlying tooth. The pulp can become infected from circumstances such as tooth trauma or injury, gum disease, and unattended tooth decay.

Infected pulp can potentially form an abscess within the tooth root and the surrounding jawbone. Swelling, tenderness, moderate to severe pain, prolonged sensitivity to temperature extremes, and tooth discoloration are the typical symptoms of infected pulp tissue. A root canal treatment can eliminate the aforementioned symptoms associated with infected pulp.

If you think that having a root canal these days is as painful as the root canals of the past, the following reasons should change your mind about the procedure:

  • Early detection of infected pulp
  • Improved instrumentation
  • Precise image due to enhancements in X-ray technology
  • Significant improvements in anesthesia

Are you still afraid of going through a root canal procedure? Call us to schedule an appointment!

Root Canals- We Will Make It Easier For You

Health is what governs your success both in personal and professional life. A healthy body leads to a work life balance. Dental and oral health is as necessary as the health of any other body part. So if you don’t take care of your teeth, you can develop serious health problems. Gone are the days when dental patients had to suffer the hurting of toothaches for long periods. The latest technology available in the field of dentistry has now benefited the us in a marvelous way. Now you can have a quick fix for any kind of dental problems in a hygienic and safe way.

We believe that technology must be combined with care and commitment to serve our clients. We provide all kinds of services up to the mark of excellence, including reconstructive dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and much more.

When Root canal becomes unavoidable:
Root canals are widely applied in dentistry for treating heavily damaged teeth and can become essential when the teeth have started decaying. In some cases the pulp of the teeth starts decaying so a root canal is the only option.

Many people can get nervous after hearing that the dentist has recommended a root canal however, it is nothing to be scared of. Our skilled staff and highly sophisticated technology make the procedure and recovery as easy as possible.

The benefits of a timely root canal treatment include:

  • Saving the surrounding teeth
  • Protecting the natural appearance of teeth
  • Relief from intensive toothaches
  • Normal and efficient chewing
  • Protection from hyper sensitivity of teeth

Post procedural care is also very necessary. The root canal treatment will usually be accompanied with some antibiotics and pain killers. Moreover, for a few days you need to have soft food and ice-cream. Schedule your appointment and forget your toothache!