Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment is used when a tooth has become damaged by infection or decay. In many cases, it is the only way to save a severely injured tooth from extraction. The treatment consists of removing the harmful living material inside an infected tooth and replacing it with medicated fillings. This process restores the function and appearance of the tooth, while still keeping its original structure.
A root canal becomes infected when decay spreads to a tooth’s inner pulp or when a bacterial infection develops inside a tooth or at its root tip. A root canal infection has many symptoms, including:
- Intense toothache
- Temperature sensitivities
- Tender and swollen gums
- Abscess on the gums
When conducting root canal treatment, the first step is to apply a local anesthetic to the tooth and the immediate area around it. This is done to provide the patient with comfort and to reduce any pain that is experienced during the procedure. In order to prevent the infection from spreading, a rubber sheet is placed around the tooth. This also helps to keep the tooth dry during the process. After the tooth has been prepped, special dental tools are used to access the inner areas of the tooth and to remove any infected pulp, damaged nerve tissue and visible decay that is present.
Once the unwanted materials have been removed, the tooth is thoroughly cleaned and sealed with a dental filling substance. To protect the tooth from fractures, a temporary crown will be applied over its surface. The patient will be asked to return for a follow-up visit in order to receive a permanent restoration.
If you would like to learn more about root canal treatment, please call us at (973) 282-8277 to schedule an appointment.