Root Canals: Your Questions Answered
If you are like most people, the words “root canal” makes you picture scary drills, needles, and other painful things. However, these ideas are no longer true — root canals are designed to eliminate pain and restore oral health, not do further damage. At Millburn Dental Arts in Millburn, NJ, we provide safe, comfortable root canal therapy that will help you get back to your normal life.
Below we have answered some of the questions we hear regarding root canals. We want you to be fully informed so that you are comfortable seeking help! Please give us a call if you need help with a dental infection immediately.
What exactly is root canal therapy?
Root canal therapy is a procedure designed to remove infected material from the inside of your tooth. The procedure effectively eliminates your tooth’s ability to feel pain and restores the structural integrity and health of the tooth. In the past, root canals were traumatic, painful experiences … with today’s technology, root canals are routine and stress-free procedures that are easy to complete with predictable results.
What are the signs that I might need a root canal?
A tooth infection is cause for a root canal. But how do you know you have a tooth infection? If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you probably have a tooth infection and need to be checked out as soon as possible.
- Pain when chewing
- Lingering sensitivity to hot or cold
- Swelling or tenderness of the gum near the infected tooth
- A small, pimple-like bump on the gum near the tooth
The sooner we are able to treat your situation, the better chance we will have of being able to save the life of your tooth. Contact us immediately!
Is root canal therapy permanent?
Some people wrongly believe that root canal therapy is only a temporary procedure. In fact, by removing the dental pulp and nerves and sealing your tooth against further infection, we are creating a permanent solution to your infected tooth. Chances are, if it is take care of properly, this tooth will never give you trouble again. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the longevity of your root canal solution, please contact our office.
Should I be concerned about my safety during a root canal?
Our team is highly trained to provide safe, comfortable treatment. With today’s technology, root canals are routine dental procedure that are not any more risky or painful than having a filling placed! We work hard to make sure treatment is comfortable and stress-free for our patients. When you choose Millburn Dental Arts, you are in good hands!
What will happen if I do not seek treatment for a tooth infection?
If you let a tooth infection go untreated, a few things might happen. First, you will experience large amounts of pain. This is unpleasant and we try to catch all infections before severe pain occurs. Second, your tooth will die. It may darken and become unsightly. Last, it will fall out. If you want to save the life and health of your tooth, please seek treatment immediately if you notice signs of infection. Tooth infections do not reverse themselves!
What should I do if I think I may need a root canal?
If you think you have an infection and may need a root canal, please contact our team immediately. We will help you get the safe, comfortable dental care you need to alleviate your pain and restore your oral health. You can reach us at (973) 957-1604. We would be happy to help you!