Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment is often necessary in situations where the inner portion of a tooth becomes damaged from infection or decay. By conducting root canal treatment, the affected tooth can be saved from extraction. The process involves removing the living material present inside the tooth and replacing it with a medicated filling. Once completed, the tooth will have its function and appearance restored, while still retaining its original structure and integrity.
A root canal infection happens when decay reaches the pulp of a tooth or when a bacterial infection develops at the root tip or inside the tooth itself. Symptoms of a root canal that has become infected usually include:
- Severe tooth pain
- Temperature sensitivities
- Tenderness and swelling of the gum
- Abscess on the gums
The first step of root canal treatment involves numbing the tooth using local anesthesia. The infection is prevented from spreading using a rubber sheet, which also keeps the tooth dry throughout the procedure. Once ready, the inside of the tooth is accessed using special dental tools. The dentist will remove any infected pulp, damaged nerve tissue and visible decay that is present. Next, the inside of the tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and sealed using a designated filling material. Finally, a temporary crown will be applied to prevent any fractures from occurring. The patient will be required to schedule a follow-up visit so a permanent dental crown can be installed.
If you would like to learn more about root canal treatment, please contact our office at (201) 588-3328 to set up a consultation.