Root Canal Therapy in West Orange & Caldwell
Whether you’ve had a low-grade toothache for some time or you are suddenly experiencing severe tooth pain, it’s important to see your dentist in West Orange, NJ at D & G Dental. The problem may be an infected tooth. To remove the infection and save the tooth from extraction, a root canal may be necessary. Despite what you may have heard, this is a painless procedure. In fact, root canal therapy in West Orange is performed to eliminate pain so you can focus on what’s important rather than your toothache.
How Does A Tooth Become Infected?
You may be wondering how a tooth can become infected. After all, teeth are pretty hard and designed to withstand quite a bit of pressure when you bite and chew. Nevertheless, problems can develop when a tooth succumbs to severe decay, a deep crack or traumatic injury. Any of these can create a means for bacteria to access the pulp chamber and roots canals of a tooth. Normally, these areas are well protected by a tooth’s outer layers of enamel and dentin. But when compromised, the life of your tooth may be threatened.
Inside the pulp chamber and root canals are blood, lymph and nerve tissue. When bacteria overtake these, infection sets in and this tissue begins to die. As the infection grows, inflammation and pain increase. Without root canal therapy in West Orange, there may eventually be bone and gum loss and tooth extraction may be necessary.
Signs That A Root Canal Is Required
In addition to severe pain, there are other recognizable symptoms of an infected tooth including:
- Gum tissue surrounding the tooth is swollen
- A small pimple-like sore on your gums
- Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Increased pain when you bite down on the tooth
- An x-ray confirming infection
The Root Canal Procedure
At D & G Dental, your comfort and safety are a priority. Therefore, your dentist in West Orange will first administer a local anesthetic so you don’t feel any discomfort during root canal therapy. The entire process usually takes not much longer than the time required for a filling.
We begin by creating a small opening in the chewing surface of the tooth. Then, small files are used to clear the pulp chamber and root canals of infection. The space is disinfected and filled with gutta-percha, a biocompatible filler that prevents recontamination. The tooth is then sealed with a temporary filling and prepared for an eventual dental crown. In a couple of weeks, you’ll return to D & G Dental to have your West Orange dentist attach the permanent crown. The result is a preserved tooth that is healthy and strong.