Decades ago when a tooth developed deep decay or a root canal infection, the go-to option was to extract it to protect the health of surrounding teeth. Thank goodness things have changed! Today, advanced techniques and technology allow us to perform state-of-the-art root canals that preserve the structure of your tooth and eliminate the need for extraction.
Our goal at Ohana Dental of Bergen County is to use everything at our disposal to ensure the integrity of your teeth and excellent oral health. Root canals are a misunderstood procedure, but the fact is that the procedure makes the difference between losing or saving a tooth.
Why Do I Need a Root Canal?
Inside your tooth is an area called the pulp chamber that houses blood vessels, nerves, and the material that keeps the tooth alive. When bacteria are allowed to penetrate the inner pulp material, the tooth becomes infected. This can occur because of a crack, a deep filling, advanced decay, or injury to the tooth.
Some typical symptoms that you need root canal treatment are:
- Severe pain that worsens over time
- Pain or sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Pain when you touch or bite down on the tooth
- A raised bump on your gums
The infection is typically very painful, and if we don’t perform a root canal to remove it, the only option will be to remove the tooth. The purpose of the root canal is to remove the infected pulp material from inside your tooth. The result provides relief and preserves the remaining structure of the tooth.
After Dr. Misato or Dr. Venuti removes the infected material, they will cleanse and fill the pulp chamber, then seal it and place a temporary filling on the tooth. Since teeth become brittle and prone to fracture after a root canal, we’ll have you return to our office in about two weeks to place a crown on the tooth to protect it.
The Truth about Root Canals
Root canals have always been portrayed as a procedure to be endured. Even though the efficiency and comfort of root canals have improved significantly, the myth is perpetuated by bad jokes and word-of-mouth horror stories.
Let’s set the record straight once and for all – a root canal does not cause pain; it relieves it. Think about it; when you got to your dentist’s office, you had a severe toothache, and as soon as the local anesthetic was administered, you felt instant relief.
In recent years, advances in technology and techniques have significantly improved the comfort and efficiency of root canals. At Ohana Dental, we have invested in rotary endodontic technology that results in a more comfortable and efficient procedure and high clinical success rates.
Please Call Us for the Relief You Need
If you experience any of the above symptoms and think you might have an infected tooth, please call our Midland Park dental office at (201) 444-5675. Dr. Misato or Dr. Venuti will arrange to see you as soon as possible. If you are in pain, we’ll do our best to see you the same day.