Expert Endodontics in Newark and New Brunswick, NJ
Rutgers Health University Dental Associates belongs to one of the top research universities in the nation. We combine the latest knowledge with a range of specialties, so our patients receive the best care available.
Endodontics focuses on diagnosing and treating tooth pain and infection and saving teeth through endodontic therapy. Endodontics treats diseases associated with the dental pulp, which is at the center of the tooth and is susceptible to infection or inflammation as a result of deep decay, faulty crowns, hairline cracks, or repeated dental procedures. Ultimately, the goal of the endodontist is to save the tooth while also relieving the patient of pain or infection centered within the tooth. Endodontists also perform surgical tooth-saving procedures such as apicoectomies, root amputations, and hemi sections.
Root Canal Therapy
Endodontists specialize in performing root canal therapy. If the pulp of a tooth is infected, it needs to be addressed immediately. In addition to pain relief, treating the infection ensures the overall health of the patient and helps maintain the tooth’s integrity. New technologies, like cone beam CT scanning, allow the endodontist to visualize the tooth and surrounding bone before the treatment even begins. Our team of endodontists performs all root canal procedures under a state-of-the-art dental operating microscope, which allows high-powered visualization of the tooth. The root canal procedure itself involves creating access from the tooth to the pulp with a dental hand piece, so that canals containing pulp tissue can be cleaned and disinfected. The canals are then shaped and filled with a rubber-based material, gutta-percha. Afterwards, the newly cleaned tooth is secured with a filling or crown.
Endodontic treatment is the best choice to fix the tooth and prevent infections. All endodontic procedures are performed under local anesthesia, thus the root canal itself is relatively painless with mild sensitivity reported afterward.
Endodontic Retreatment and Surgery
Teeth that receive root canal therapy can last a lifetime. Occasionally, however, a tooth that has received root canal therapy does not heal properly. If your root canal failed or develops problems, retreatment by an endodontic specialist can give your tooth a second chance. Our endodontists use advanced technologies, such as digital radiography, operating microscopes and cone beam CT scanning to help identify and treat problems that may not have been seen previously. If you experience pain or discomfort in a tooth that has previously had a root canal, talk to our endodontists about a retreatment procedure.