As we strive to maintain optimal oral health, our teeth may require more than routine care. Sometimes, a painful tooth is more than a toothache; it can be a sign of infection or severe dental decay. When this is the case, a root canal may be required to help restore the health and function of your teeth. Dr. Ivan Stein and Dr. Allan Stein want patients to enjoy excellent oral health for life. Below, learn more about root canal therapy at Northfield Dental Group.
About Root Canal Therapy
For some people, the term “root canal” brings up feelings of anxiety. However, root canal therapy is a safe and effective treatment option that results in relief from intense toothache and poor oral health. Within the tooth is soft tissue known as the pulp. It contains blood vessels and nerves and is responsible for nourishing the tooth. The pulp can become compromised due to infection, inflammation, or dental decay, which can put the patient at risk of losing the tooth. Root canal therapy is used to save the tooth.
During the procedure, the infected pulp is removed, and the pulp chamber is thoroughly disinfected and cleansed. The empty chamber is filled with special material to protect it from bacteria. Lastly, a dental crown is placed on the treated tooth to restore your bite and chewing function.
Signs You May Need a Root Canal
Persistent toothache: Tooth pain that does not improve with over-the-counter medications or other home remedies could mean there is significant damage present.
Swelling: Swelling is the body’s response to infection. If your tooth has become infected, the gums may become swollen and painful to the touch. In these cases, it is important to seek dental treatment right away.
Tooth discoloration: If you notice that your tooth has a dark hue, it could mean the tooth’s pulp is no longer nourishing the tooth properly. This can be due to infection.
Loose tooth: An infected tooth can cause the supporting bones to become weak, resulting in a tooth that feels loose.
Preventing the Need for a Root Canal
Although common, root canals can be avoided with proper dental care. Proper brushing and flossing with fluoride-containing toothpaste will keep your teeth clean and limit plaque. Routine dental appointments will also ensure great dental health.
Optimal Oral Health in New Jersey
If a root canal has been recommended to you, there is no need to fear. Our experienced dentists are here to help you achieve great oral health. To book your appointment at Northfield Dental Group, contact us today.