Undergoing a Root Canal

A root canal is a common endodontic procedure that’s often used to help save an inflamed or infected pulp tissue inside the tooth. The inflammation or infection can be caused by deep decay, repeated dental procedures or a tooth that’s cracked or chipped. A tooth injury may also cause pulp damage, even if there is no visible damage. If pulp inflammation or infection is untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess. Tell your dentist right away if you experience toothaches or sensitivity. At Rutgers Health University Dental Associates, our endodontists can help. They specialize in treatment of dental pulp and surrounding tissue. Call 973-972-2444 (Newark, NJ office) or 732-235-50505 (New Brunswick, NJ office) for an evaluation.

Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

If you’ve ever had a cavity, then you probably know how bacteria builds up and causes damage to the tooth. When the cavity is left untreated, the bacteria continues to eat away at the enamel and eventually makes its way inside of the tooth, to the pulp. At this point, the bacteria isn’t just harming the tooth, but the sensitive nerves and blood vessels inside of it, too.

This can lead to pain, swelling, tenderness, difficulty chewing and sensitivity to heat and cold. Deep tooth decay can also cause an abscess to form and may even require the tooth to be extracted.

Aside from cavities, your dentist may also prescribe a root canal for faulty crowns, trauma to the tooth, cracks or chips and more.

Preparing for the Procedure

Dental advancements have made modern day root canals virtually painless and highly effective. With anesthetics, the procedure typically feels similar to having a cavity filled, though it usually takes longer to complete.

During a root canal, the dentist will go inside the tooth and take out any damaged pulp. Because adult teeth are done growing and no longer need the pulp for nourishment, it’s safe to remove it. Then, the dentist will clean the inside of the tooth, fill the space and seal it. Afterwards, it’s normal to feel some discomfort at first. Be sure to talk to your dentist about how to properly care for the tooth following the procedure.

Get All Your Questions Answered

If you suspect you need a root canal or if you’ve already been prescribed one, consult Rutgers Health University Dental Associates for more information. Our team of endodontic specialists can help answer your questions, alleviate your fears and prepare you for the procedure. Schedule an appointment to come in and discuss your options today.