There is a mistaken belief that root canal therapy is painful. On the contrary, it helps improve your dental health. At Family Smiles Fort Lee, we perform comfortable root canal therapy to relieve tooth pain and stabilize your tooth after infection or trauma.
What Is a Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal treatments are focused on addressing problems of a tooth's soft core or dental pulp. The pulp is situated within the tooth, extending from the tooth's crown to the tip of the root. It comprises connective tissues, nerves, and blood vessels that provide oxygen, nutrients, and sensitivity to the tooth. Root canal treatment entails removing the diseased or inflamed pulp from the pulp chamber and root canals of a tooth and sealing it.
Reasons for a Root Canal Procedure
An assessment for root canal treatment is made, based on symptoms experienced by the patient, an examination, and X-rays of the tooth. The signs of an infection include:
- Severe toothache
- Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Discoloration of a tooth
- Gum swelling and tenderness
- Blisters or other lesions on the gums
- Pus and blood oozing from the gums
- Pain and swelling
- The infected tooth becoming loose from the jawbone
Benefits of Root Canals
The main aim of root canal therapy is to salvage a tooth that would otherwise need extraction. The best alternative is to retain natural teeth as it prevents the need for replacement teeth, which can be painful and costly. If an infected tooth is ignored, it can also lead to gum and connective tissue infection or tooth loss. Hence it is recommended to visit us at the first sign of any of the symptoms mentioned above.
Process of Root Canals
During the preliminary consultation, we will take X-rays to see the extent of the infection, and if a cavity is present, the pulp has already become diseased. Once it is determined that the root canal procedure is the best treatment option, we will clean out the decayed parts of your tooth.
Local anesthesia is given to reduce pain and discomfort during the procedure. The decayed tissue from the pulp chamber is carefully removed. We will then disinfect the tooth's inner chambers before filling it with gutta-percha, a rubber-like medicated material. Finally, the tooth is packed with a temporary filling.
At your next visit, we will check for any complications or signs of infection. Then we will pack the tooth with a permanent filling and prepare it for your restoration, such as a crown.
To learn more about our root canal treatments, visit our office, Family Smiles Fort Lee, at 810 Abbott Boulevard Suite 302, Fort Lee, NJ 07024. You can also reach Dentist Fort Lee NJ at (201) 224-2705.