Root Canal Treatment
At Universal Dental, we know that a painful toothache can be more than an inconvenience — it can completely sidetrack you and even make you miserable. That’s why, in addition to our professional dental services like teeth cleaning and wisdom teeth extraction, we also offer root canal treatments.
We proudly provide oral health services to our patients in and around West New York, Union City and New Durham, NJ.
A root canal, or endodontic treatment, is a dental procedure that involves a structure of the tooth called the pulp. This dental pulp is a soft substance in the center of the tooth that mainly consists of blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue.
Inside the pulp chamber, a canal extends down to the root of the tooth and into the surrounding bone. When the pulp becomes infected, inflamed, or dead, a root canal may need to be performed to remove the infected pulp and alleviate pain and other possible complications and concerns.
Who Needs A Root Canal?
There are several reasons why a patient may require a root canal. The infection and inflammation of the pulp can be caused by a crack or chip in the tooth, from repeated dental procedures performed on it, or from severe, deep-seated and unrestorable decay.
An injury to the tooth can also cause the pulp to become inflamed. If the tooth isn’t properly treated, not only can it cause pain, but it can lead to an abscess. This can occur even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks.
Symptoms of this condition can include sensitivity to hot and cold, tenderness while chewing, and swelling, and discomfort at the site, and inflammation of the face and nodes around the affected area. Other times, however, there can be little to no symptoms at all. Either way, it’s always best to consult a Universal Dental dentist for a consultation if you suspect you need dental care.
What To Expect During The Process
The entire process of endodontic surgery can take two or more appointments to properly complete. At the first visit, your friendly and professional dentist will examine the area and inspect the infected tooth. They might even take X-rays at this time.
Next, they will apply a local anesthetic, and once they ensure you are numb and free from any pain, the procedure can begin. A dental dam will be placed over the area to isolate it and protect it from saliva. An opening in the top of the tooth will be made, and the infected and dead pulp will be removed with highly-specialized tools.
After the pulp has been carefully removed, the empty space is filled with adhesive cement which completely seals and protects the root canal from further damage. A temporary filling and cap may also be applied at this time.
Afterward, you’ll return to the dentist to have your final crown or restoration piece permanently placed on top of the tooth, to safeguard it and allow it to return to its previous, pain-free function.
Post Endodontic Recovery
In the first few days following your root canal treatment, there will be some mild tenderness around the treated area. This is completely normal and no cause for concern. Aside from that, there is little-to-no downtime needed for a root canal, which means you can quickly return to your standard routine with virtually no pain or discomfort.
At Universal Dental, we provide professional oral care to alleviate your tooth pain and improve your smile. To make an appointment, or for a 24-hour dentist in New Durham, West New York, or Union City, call us at 201-479-2863.