You might not be thrilled to learn you need a root canal, but the procedure can save your tooth and relieve pain. Moise Nawlo, DDS, and Loay Shadid, DDS, are experienced and caring general and cosmetic dentists in Clifton, New Jersey. At Dental Spa of Broad Street, Dr. Nawlo and Dr. Shadid expertly perform root canals to help improve your dental health and prevent you from having to undergo more extensive dental work or tooth extractions. An untreated infection in your tooth can lead to a host of problems, so it’s best to seek treatment before that happens. Call or book an appointment online.
Root canal therapy is a treatment that can save an infected or decayed tooth that otherwise would die and need to be extracted. During a root canal, your dentist removes the infection from inside your tooth and replaces it with materials that restore the natural tooth to full function. As a result, you keep your tooth instead of having it pulled.
Root canals actually relieve pain, and with today’s technology, they’re often as simple as having a cavity filled. A root canal saves your tooth, relieves pain, and helps you avoid more complicated dental procedures in the future.
Sometimes, a tooth becomes cracked or decayed as a result of an injury or a very deep cavity. If bacteria from the decay spreads from the crown (the visible part of your tooth) into the nerves and blood vessels inside the tooth (the pulp), it can be extremely painful. An infected tooth can lead to an abscess — a serious infection that can lead to pulp death and tooth loss.
Signs and symptoms that you may need a root canal include:
A root canal relieves these painful symptoms, removes the infection, and can prevent tooth loss. The procedure may also prevent the infection from spreading to other parts of your body.
At Dental Spa of Broad Street, your comfort is a top priority, so the team does everything they can to help you stay relaxed and pain-free during the procedure. Your dentist numbs the area of your mouth with a local anesthetic so you won’t feel any pain during the removal of decayed and infected pulp. Once your mouth is numb, your dentist makes a small opening in the crown of the tooth so they can remove the pulp from inside your tooth and its roots.
They carefully clean the space inside your tooth and fill it with biocompatible material — usually, a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Dental cement keeps the gutta-percha in place and seals the tooth.
A temporary or permanent filling keeps your tooth protected until you return for another appointment when you get a custom-made crown put over your tooth for further protection from decay. A crown also strengthens your tooth after a root canal so you can chew without worry.
To learn more about how a root canal can preserve your tooth and relieve pain, call the office or click online to schedule a consultation.