Family Dentist in Brick, NJ Performs Root Canal Therapy

When an infection occurs within a tooth due to a deep cavity or crack, Root Canal Therapy can be used to repair the tooth. During this procedure, the pulp and the nerves of the infected tooth are removed. This will not affect the health or function of that tooth. Once they have been removed, the infected area can be properly cleaned. 
If the infection goes undiagnosed and treatment is delayed, bacteria has the opportunity to build and the infection may spread to the surrounding bone. When the infection progresses to this point, pain, swelling, and necessary tooth extraction are likely to occur. 
How Will I Know I Need a Root Canal? 
There are several symptoms of an infected tooth, the most common are as follows: 
  • Extreme discomfort while eating and drinking 
  • Your tooth pain may wake you frequently during the night 
  • Heightened and lingering sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures 
  • The darkening of or discoloration of the tooth 
  • Swollen gums 
  • Your dentist! Attending your recommended routine dental appointments gives your dentist to diagnose issues early on. 
Treatment Process 
Root Canal Therapy has a very high success rate. Most of the infected teeth don't experience further issue after undergoing the procedure. 
First, your dentist will create an opening within the pulp chamber. This area will be accessed through the crown of your tooth. The pulp will be removed, and the root canal will be cleaned thoroughly. Depending on the extent of the infection, your family dentist in Brick may need to complete the treatment process over the course of a few visits. If this is the case, a temporary filling will be utilized to protect the tooth in between visits. 
Upon your second visit, the temporary filling will be removed. The pulp chamber and root canal will again be thoroughly cleaned to confirm the infection has not returned. A permanent filling or crown will then be used to cover the tooth. 
Many people fear the words "Root Canal." This treatment method is meant to relieve pain, not increase it. Delaying needed therapy will only create further damage and a more extensive remedy to repair. 
Please contact our office if you're experiencing any of the signs mentioned above by calling (732) 477-7272. 
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