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.
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.
I drive an hour and a half because this is the only office I trust with my teeth.Steve U.
This was, hands down, the most pleasant and medically successful dental work I have ever experienced in my life. I am almost 50 years old and that’s a lot of dental work.Laura T.
I love my teeth! They look so natural and I receive many compliments! This has truly been one of the best investments that I have made.Shannon D.
Root Canal What to Expect
The goal of root canal treatment is to remove all infected tissue from the inside of the tooth and then fill the tooth to prevent further infection.
Dr. Upadya will begin the procedure by making a small hole to allow access to the inside of the tooth. He will use this to remove the infected pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria with special dental instruments. He will then thoroughly clean and polish the tooth and get rid of any excess material. If there is an infection, antibiotics may be prescribed and the tooth will be temporarily sealed until the infection has healed.
Once the infection is clear and the root canal is free of debris, it will be filled with a biocompatible rubber compound called gutta percha. Next, Dr. Upadya will cover the tooth with either a dental filling or dental crown to add strength to the tooth and protect it from future damage. Custom fit and color matched to your natural teeth, a dental crown fits around the tooth like a cap and will support the long term health of your tooth.
What if I don’t have the root canal treatment?
A tooth extraction is an alternative to root canal treatment. Once the pulp is destroyed, it cannot regenerate it is not recommended to leave an infected tooth in the mouth. Although some people would prefer an extraction, it is usually best to keep as many natural teeth as possible. Root canal treatment makes that possible.
Schedule an Appointment
To learn more about root canal treatment, contact our Summit, NJ and East Hanover, NJ area dentist office for a consultation with Dr. Raj Upadya. Call us at 973-241-5169 or schedule an appointment online today.