How Root Canals Help Save Your Teeth
When the inside or pulp of a tooth becomes infected, it may cause radiating pain. The pain can be localized, such as pain that simply surrounds the tooth; on the other hand, the pain may reach to as far as the jaw joint depending upon the location of the infected tooth. Generations ago, dentists believed the only way to fix the problem was to pull the tooth. Now, we can perform safe, comfortable root canals so you are able to keep your natural tooth without any pain.
During your root canal in Bergenfield, NJ, the doctor will make a hole in the infected tooth to obtain access to the pulp area. The inside will be thoroughly cleaned, and any diseased pulp will be removed. Essentially, the tooth will be hollow. The nerve will no longer function; this is a satisfactory outcome, because the nerve does not need to work in order for the tooth to remain functional.
After the cleaning, the doctor will place a temporary substance in the tooth. In about a week or so, the patient will return and the temporary substance will be removed. The doctor will then ensure that the root canal was successful before filling in the tooth with a permanent compound the same shade as the teeth.
Cosmetic Options after a Root Canal in Bergenfield, NJ
After a root canal has been performed, the tooth may be discolored. If the discoloration is noticeable, a dental crown
may be required to make the tooth look uniform again. This can also be performed in our office.