If the inner nerve of a tooth becomes affected by infection or decay, root canal therapy may be recommended to restore the tooth to full function. Affected teeth tend to be extremely sensitive to temperature and pressure, often causing intense pain. If left untreated, the tooth could develop an abscess.
When confronting significant infection or decay, there are typically two options available: either we can extract (pull) the damaged tooth or save it through root canal therapy. Extraction presents its own problems and can result in significant and costly restorations in the future. Root canal therapy, on the other hand, will allow you to keep your natural tooth, restore the function of the tooth, and will not cause any problems in the future with the surrounding teeth.
Our dentists may recommend root canal therapy for one or more of the following reasons:
- Decay has reached the pulp of the tooth
- Injury or trauma to the tooth
- Development of abscess or infection either inside the tooth or at the root’s tip
Root canal therapy will usually require one or two visits to Paramus Dental and Implant Center. Using specialized tools and instruments, the dentist will remove pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria. If any tooth decay is present, that will also be removed.
After a thorough cleaning of the tooth, the roots and inner cavity will be filled and sealed with special, medicated dental materials. The tooth will then be sealed with a dental filling. In many cases, a dental crown will be placed over the tooth at this or another appointment for additional protection and functionality.
For more information on root canal therapy, or if you are experiencing any pain or discomfort in your teeth or gums, please contact our office immediately. We are happy to serve families and individuals in Maywood, Saddle Brook, and the surrounding areas in New Jersey.
For several days following your root canal, it is normal to experience some soreness or sensitivity, especially when chewing. To reduce any pain or discomfort, take pain medication as the dentist directs. If the dentist prescribed any antibiotics, please take those as directed as well.
To reduce swelling, rinse three times a day with salt water (one teaspoon of salt in a cup of very warm water). Avoid any sticky or hard foods (especially gum) and try to chew on the opposite side of the mouth. Continue to brush your teeth as normal, but floss carefully to avoid any potential damage to the weakened tooth before the crown is placed.