Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is designed to save a tooth that has become infected. Our dentists at Ridgewood Dental Associates in Ridgewood, NJ, use modern techniques to provide virtually painless root canal therapy that eliminates infection while preserving the outer structure of the tooth.
Why Do I Need a Root Canal?
When decay goes untreated, it will eventually result in an infection of the soft tissue (pulp) within the tooth. This tissue consists of blood vessels, nerves, and other soft tissues. In addition to causing pain, dental infection can eventually result in tooth loss, a compromised jawbone, and other issues.
Symptoms of dental infection include:
- Discomfort when applying pressure to the affected tooth or surrounding area
- Increased tooth sensitivity to heat or cold
- Discolored or darkened tooth enamel
- Gum tenderness or swelling
- Small bumps or discoloration along the gums
- A tooth that is loose
Thanks to modern innovations, a root canal is no more uncomfortable than receiving a standard dental filling.
Root canal treatment is the standard means of resolving a dental infection. Retaining as much healthy dental tissue as possible is always our goal, and this solution can help you avoid the need for tooth extraction. However, it is important to understand that in some cases, a tooth may be too compromised for repair. We can provide tooth extraction when necessary, and we can place and restore dental implants in order to help you maintain the comfort, health, and appearance of your smile.
What Is a Root Canal Therapy Like?
Thanks to modern innovations, a root canal is no more uncomfortable than receiving a standard dental filling. Treatment begins with your dentist numbing your tooth and the nearby gum tissue in order to maintain your comfort throughout the procedure. Next, a small hole is drilled into the outer surface of the tooth to provide access to the pulp chamber.
Through this portal, your dentist will remove the soft tissue from the pulp chamber and root canals (the centers of the tooth roots). Next, he will sterilize the pulp chamber. The emptied chamber is filled with a rubber-like substance for strength. The opening is sealed shut, and the dentist may place a special post to support the filling. Finally, the remaining portion of the tooth is reshaped to accommodate a dental crown.
Receiving a Customized Dental Crown
After root canal treatment, your tooth will be smaller and weaker. To provide needed support, a dental crown is used to completely cover the tooth. Ridgewood Dental Associates offers dental crowns that are crafted with dental-grade porcelain and are designed to withstand significant bite pressure. With proper care, crowns can last many years.
Book Your Appointment Today
If you are experiencing symptoms of dental infection, we are here to provide relief and a long-term solution. To book your appointment, call us at (201) 652-2474 or send us a message online.