A Patient’s Guide To Root Canals
Root canals are one of the most feared dental procedures, but mostly because they’re simply misunderstood. At Millburn Dental Arts, Dr. Scott Krosser and our extraordinary team are ready and willing to prove that root canal therapy relieves pain, not causes it and is truly nothing to be afraid of!
In the meantime, learn more about the procedure and what it can do for your dental health.
Root Canal Explained
The root canal is actually the natural cavity inside the middle of your tooth, but the term is most often used to describe the treatment used on decayed teeth. Root canal therapy or a root canal is needed when a tooth has become badly decayed or infected and needs to be repaired.
During a root canal procedure, we remove the nerve and pulp from inside the root canal, before cleaning and sealing the tooth. If left untreated, your decayed tooth will become infected and abscesses can form.
Root Canal Procedure
When you come to Millburn Dental Arts for root canal therapy, the first thing we will likely do is take an X-ray so we can get a better look at the infected tooth. The X-ray will allow us to examine the shape of the root canals and check for infection in the surrounding bone.
We ensure you’re completely comfortable and pain-free throughout the procedure by using local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth.
We then gain access to the inside of your tooth so we can remove the pulp, bacteria, decayed nerve tissue, and debris. Once we thoroughly clean out the tooth, we will seal it unless we feel that it is necessary to further treat the inside of the tooth with medication. If medication is needed we will use a temporary filling to protect the tooth from contaminants until it can be sealed.
If needed, we will use additional restoration to support and protect the tooth. If additional dental work is needed, we will discuss this with you first.
When Is A Root Canal Needed?
When the nerve tissue or pulp inside of a tooth is damaged, it begins to break down, resulting in the growth of bacteria inside the pulp chamber. The pulp chamber is the area inside the crown of a tooth, while the root canal is the area inside the portion of your tooth that is below the gumline.
The bacteria inside your tooth can cause an infection or an abscessed tooth. An abscess is a pocket full of pus that forms at the end of a tooth’s root. An abscess happens when the infection spreads past the root ends. Doesn’t exactly sound pleasant, right?
But an abscess isn’t the only thing that can result from an infection in the root. The infection can also cause swelling, bone loss, or drainage problems.
You might be wondering what likely caused the problem in the first place. In most cases, the nerve and pulp of a tooth can become irritated and infected because of decay, a crack or chip in the tooth, repeated dental procedures on the same tooth, or facial trauma.
Are Root Canals Painful?
Simply put, no! There is a lot of misinformation circulating about root canals that has many people terrified. But at Millburn Dental Arts, we can assure you that any pain and discomfort you experience is from your infected tooth. A root canal will relieve your pain, not cause it! Plus, we make sure to numb the area before beginning the procedure so you don’t have to experience any pain during the actual treatment.
Once the procedure is over, you’ll likely feel much better and relieved to be free of the tooth pain that was holding you back before.
Root Canals In Millburn, NJ
If you have a tooth in need of a root canal, don’t wait another day to seek treatment. The longer you wait, the more problems you’re going to experience. You’re in good hands with our experienced and friendly staff at Millburn Dental Arts, so give us a call today.
Call (973) 957-1604 or contact us online to request an appointment. We’re here to help!