When tooth decay leaves you with a painful, inflamed, and abscessed tooth, a root canal may be your only option to treat the problem. If you’ve been referred by your dentist and are ready to put your painful root canal behind you, the endodontists at Lakeside Endodontics in Succasunna and Parsippany, New Jersey, have the specialized skills to relieve the extreme pain caused by these infections. For more information, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
A root canal can refer to either a part of your tooth or to the procedure used to repair that part of your tooth if it becomes infected or inflamed.
The root canal procedure is necessary when the inside or “pulp” of the tooth becomes infected or inflamed, especially due to tooth decay. This can result in a painful and even dangerous abscess in the base of the tooth, or in the jaw.
At Lakeside Endodontics, both children and adults can hear numerous options for how best to treat root canals, including through apicoectomy or holistic options.
Your dentist will be the one to tell you if your tooth decay has progressed to the point that a root canal is necessary to clear the tooth of infection and bacteria. However, there are several signs that your dental pain may be more than just a toothache, such as:
If you experience any of these symptoms, it could be a sign of an abscess or a pus-filled chamber at the root of the tooth that can be treated with a root canal.
Your root canal occurs over several visits to your endodontist at Lakeside Endodontics. The team is composed of highly skilled dentists who specialize in treating the inner portions of teeth.
First, they’ll take an X-ray of your mouth to see how far the infection has spread and to check the health of the jaw beneath the affected tooth. If everything looks okay to proceed, you may get a local anesthetic. The team also offers sedation dentistry options to ensure your comfort.
When beginning the procedure, your endodontist places a rubber dam around the tooth to keep it dry from saliva and separate it from the rest of your mouth. Then, an abscess hole is drilled in the tooth to remove the pulp and infected tissue. Your endodontist then washes the tooth with water and a gentle disinfectant before cleaning it with small tools called root canal files.
Once the tooth has been fully cleaned, it needs to be sealed, which your endodontist may want to save for another visit. This could be because of an infection that needs time for antibiotics to treat, in which case you might be sent home with a temporary cap on the tooth it heals. In other cases, the tooth can be sealed the same day and you’ll be affixed with a permanent crown or dental bridge.
If you have any questions about root canals or have been referred by your dentist, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.