A Root Canal Procedure Can Protect Your Smile and Your Oral Health
If you are experiencing tooth pain or have a deep cavity, the team at Jersey City Dental is well-equipped to provide personalized care for patients at their offices in Jersey City, NJ, and Hoboken, NJ. A root canal procedure is a type of endodontic therapy that can repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth. Our doctors are dedicated to preserving your smile and ensuring your root canal treatment is as comfortable as possible.
Do I Need a Root Canal?
You may require a root canal if you have a severely damaged or decayed tooth. The most common symptom that indicates the need for a root canal procedure is pronounced tooth pain. Some patients also experience prolonged sensitivity to hot food or liquids. Your gums may feel tender and swollen near the problem area and you may develop an abscess near the base of the tooth as well. If you notice any of these symptoms, contact us right away. Suspected root canal infections are diagnosed with an x-ray, and early treatment can prevent the need for an extraction.
How is an Infected Root Canal Treated?
During root canal treatment, we can remove the tooth’s pulp, a thread-like tissue in the center of your tooth, when it becomes damaged or diseased. There are several common causes of pulp damage including a cracked tooth, a deep cavity, or injury. Left untreated, the infected pulp can cause an abscess which can damage the bone around the affected tooth. This procedure cleans the canals inside your tooth, preventing the spread of infection.
What Can I Expect during the Procedure?
A root canal procedure is performed under local anesthesia and is generally no more uncomfortable than receiving a filling. To begin your treatment, your dentist will make an opening in the tooth to access the pulp chamber. Your dentist will then remove all infected and damaged tissue and sterilize the inside of your tooth. When your tooth is properly prepared, we will fill the root canal with gutta percha, a rubber-like material. To restore the structure of your tooth, we will provide a customized, natural-looking crown.
A root canal procedure is performed under local anesthesia and is generally no more uncomfortable than receiving a filling.
Our office is equipped with state-of-the-art CEREC technology. Using this system, we can often perform root canal therapy and rebuild your tooth in a single appointment. Our CEREC milling unit can carve your crown from a solid piece of porcelain in less than an hour. We are also able to provide lab-created dental crowns. Patients who choose traditional restorations will typically need to wait two weeks until their permanent restoration is complete.
A Better Solution
Before root canal procedures, the only effective treatment for infected or damaged teeth was extraction. If a tooth is extracted, a restoration will be required in order to prevent jawbone loss and to keep surrounding teeth from shifting. These restorative procedures can increase the timeline and costs of treatment. In contrast, root canal therapy can remove infection and preserve the health of your natural smile. With proper care, your treated tooth can last a lifetime.
Protect the Health of Your Smile
If you are suffering from tooth pain, you may need a root canal procedure. This relatively painless treatment can be performed in our offices to strengthen your smile and relieve pain. Contact us online or call (201) 332-0403 today to schedule a consultation.