Root Canal Therapy
Root Canal Therapy is often used to repair and save a tooth that has been infected from a deep cavity or crack in the tooth. This form of treatment usually involves your Bridgewater NJ dentist removing the infected pulp and nerves of the tooth and then cleaning the infected area. If this treatment is not sought after, bacteria can build up in the tooth and besides bringing on great pain- can spread an infection to the surrounding bone. This can often times leading to the tooth needing to be removed.
What are the Signs that a Root Canal is needed?
- Severe tooth pain while chewing.
- Your toothache wakes you up at night.
- Teeth that are highly sensitive to hot or cold, with the sensitivity lingering for some time.
- Discoloration or darkening of the tooth.
- Swollen gums in the area of the infected tooth.
What Does the Treatment Involve?
An opening is made into the pulp chamber through the crown of the tooth. Once the pulp is removed, the root canal will be thoroughly cleaned. If it is decided that treatment will be completed in multiple visits, a temporary filling will be placed to protect the tooth. For your return appointment, your Bridgewater dentist will remove the temporary filling, re-clean the root canal and pulp chamber, and place a permanent filling and / or crown over the tooth.
For more information on root canal therapy with your Bridgewater NJ dentist, including the risks, benefits, and alternatives to this treatment call our office at (732) 469-6662 or click here today!