Root Canal

Root Canal Treatment and Procedures in New Jersey

Platinum Dental Group offers root canal therapy to our patients struggling with infection in one or more of their teeth. This type of general dentistry procedure is necessary when the pulp or nerve tissue of the tooth becomes infected or damaged. Without treatment, the tooth may eventually die and need to be removed.

Root Canal

What is a root canal?

A root canal treatment is one of the most common dental procedures used to treat an infection at the center of a tooth. The infection is caused by bacteria that have entered the tooth through a crack or chip. After the bacteria are inside the tooth, they can attack the pulp, the soft tissue at the center of the tooth. 

If left untreated, an infection can spread to the bone, causing severe damage to other teeth and oral health. This therapy removes the infected material and cleans out the inside of the tooth. Root canal treatment is often used to save a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted.

Who needs root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment is often recommended when the tooth cannot be repaired with a filling or other type of dental restoration. In some cases, a root canal may also be used to prevent future problems. This can happen due to a deep cavity, cracked or broken tooth, or an injury to the tooth.

Some potential symptoms to be aware of that could indicate that you need a root canal include:

  • Severe pain in a tooth or the mouth
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Swelling in the gums
  • Tenderness in the gums

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms mentioned, please call our office to schedule an appointment.

Root Canal

The Root Canal Procedure

To begin the process, the dentist will make sure the area around the affected tooth is completely numb before starting the root canal. Then, they will clean out the infected or damaged pulp from inside the tooth and then fill and seal off the tooth to prevent further damage. The procedure can be done in one or more visits, depending on the severity of the damage. Root canal therapy is usually painless, but some people may experience discomfort during or after the procedure.

Root canal therapy is generally successful in saving the natural tooth, and it can help relieve pain and symptoms associated with the infection. However, it is essential to note that root canal therapy is not always successful, and in some cases, the tooth may require extraction.

Root Canal FAQs

While the procedure itself is not generally painful, it can be uncomfortable for patients who have a dental phobia or who are sensitive to pain. However, the vast majority of patients report that root canal therapy is no more painful than having a filling placed. In fact, many patients say that they feel relief after the procedure is completed, as the pain from the infection is gone.
A root canal usually takes one or two visits to the dentist, and the procedure can take about 30 minutes to an hour to complete. In most cases, patients can return to their normal activities immediately following treatment.
Root canals are often necessary to save a tooth that has been severely damaged by decay, injury, or infection. Without treatment, the tooth may need to be removed. A root canal is usually successful in saving the tooth and preventing further damage. However, in some cases, the infected or damaged tooth may need to be removed anyway.

Contact Us for Endodontic Treatment

If you are experiencing tooth pain, contact one of our dental offices to schedule a consultation for root canal treatment. We can help relieve your pain and restore the health of your smile. Our experienced dentists will work with you to create a dental care treatment plan that meets your needs and fits within your budget.

Don’t let tooth pain keep you from enjoying life – call us today!