A root canal procedure becomes necessary when infection or inflammation develops in the pulp tissue of the tooth. Pulp tissue consists of blood vessels, connective tissue and nerve cells — which explains why a problem here may cause you to feel intense pain. In time, the pain may go away... at least temporarily. Without treatment, however, the infection won't. It can lead to a dental abscess, and may even contribute to systemic problems in other parts of the body.
Root canal therapy is one of the most routine and effective dental treatments, and can often be accomplished in just one visit. The root canal process generally begins the same way as a filling does: an anesthetic is administered to numb the tooth and the surrounding area. Next, a small opening is made in the surface of the affected tooth to give access to the pulp chamber and root canals. Tiny instruments are used, sometimes with the aid of a microscope, to remove the dead and dying pulp tissue from inside these narrow passageways. The chamber and empty canals are then cleaned, disinfected and prepared to receive a filling of inert, biocompatible material. Finally, adhesive cement is used to seal the opening in the tooth, preventing future infection. To further protect the tooth and restore it to full function, it's usually necessary to have a crown or other restoration placed on it.
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Many people hear the term "root canal" and don't become overwhelmed with joy, but we can assure that the process easy, relatively fast and painless. You'll be in and out and on your way before you know it!
If your dental pulp is damaged and broken down, it can cause a lot of subsequent issues if not treated properly, such as:
If you're experiencing any of the following, it's probably time to consult us about undergoing a root canal procedure:
After we perform your root canal, your mouth will be in a lot less pain. It's important not to put too much stress on the affected tooth soon after the procedure, as it will be very fragile until it's properly and fully healed. Once the root canal has been administered, it's important to religiously follow general oral hygiene practices, like brushing twice a day and flossing daily.
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The root canals we perform at South Plainfield Dental Group are highly successful— that's why folks from all over Middlesex County, New Jersey come to us to have their procedures handled. Whether you're in Plainfield, Bridgewater, Middlesex or Metuchen, you can count on us to take care of your root canal treatment, and get you back to normal in no time!
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2412 Plainfield Avenue
South Plainfield, NJ 07080
Phone: (908) 755-8566
Fax: (908) 755-3617