Root CanalAn Overview
Root canal treatment, also called endodontics, is needed when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth is infected through decay or injury. The term root canal actually refers to the inside of the tooth which houses the tooth’s nerve and soft tissue, called pulp.
Endodontics treatment is one of the most common general dentistry procedures offered at Metropolitan Center for Complete Dentistry. If the tooth is damaged or has decay, bacteria and debris can enter into the root canal and cause an infection. This may eventually lead to an abscess.
If root canal treatment is not performed, the infection will spread and the tooth may need to be taken out. Dr. Upadya offers endodontics treatment from the comfort of his East Hanover, NJ dentist office.
Root Canal FAQs
Is root canal treatment painful?
While most people think that a root canal is a painful procedure, it should feel no different than having a dental filling placed. The pain is actually from the infection inside the tooth, not the procedure. Dr. Upadya uses a computerized anesthetic called The Wand to deliver a precise and controlled dose of anesthetic for pain-free root canal treatment.
We may also use sedation dentistry for patients with anxiety to help them remain relaxed and calm throughout treatment. Most of our patients actually feel a relief after the infection has been removed. Removing the infected pulp will relieve any pressure caused by the infected tooth.
Is a root canal necessary?
If you want to save your infected tooth, yes. This procedure can save an infected tooth from being completely removed. If the damage to your tooth is too much, we will recommend a tooth extraction. The only way of knowing if you need one is to visit our dentist office for a dental exam.
Is a root canal a difficult procedure?
No. With today’s advancements in modern dentistry, root canals can be completed within one to two dental visits. Dr. Upadya uses the latest techniques to swiftly alleviate your pain and give lasting results.
Should I have my tooth extracted or live with the gap?
If your tooth is extracted, we will recommend getting it replaced with a dental implant. Missing teeth can open up new opportunity for infections of nearby teeth, jawbone loss, facial sagging, and more.
Is a tooth crown necessary after root canal treatment?
It depends on which tooth is treated. If your molars or premolars are affected, then you will need a tooth crown to protect the tooth. Front teeth, canines, and incisors may not need a dental crown.
How long do root canals take to settle?
After a few hours, the numbness from your root canal goes away for most patients. A few days of soreness following a root canal procedure is completely normal. It may take a few weeks or a few months for your root canal to fully settle, depending on how your body responds to the procedure, and varying based on the area that the root canal was performed.