Trauma or decay can leave your tooth feeling highly painful and extremely sensitive to hot, cold, or sweet foods. At Dental Studio of Jersey City in Jersey City, New Jersey, dentists Christine Chung, DMD, and Judith E. Roman, DMD, provide safe, efficient root canals to remove the infected or inflamed part from the inside of your tooth. To find out if you require a root canal, call Dental Studio of Jersey City to request an appointment or book online today.
A root canal is a treatment for teeth that are dead, infected, or inflamed on the inside. The innermost layer of each of your teeth is called the pulp, and it consists of soft tissue, blood vessels, and nerves. Even if the outside of your tooth looks fine and has no damage, an impact can injure the pulp and cause extreme pain and tooth sensitivity.
The root canal procedure is straightforward. It starts with a digital X-ray by your dentist so they can see the extent of the damage on the inside. The team at Dental Studio of Jersey City uses a local anesthetic before performing your root canal to keep you numb and at ease. They also place a dental dam around your tooth to keep it dry in preparation for your root canal.
Once everything is in place, your dentist drills an opening in your tooth’s crown. Through the opening, they use small tools to access the damaged pulp on the inside. They remove the pulp and clean the inner canals before filling them with a rubbery material.
Without its pulp, the tooth can become weaker with time. To prevent a fracture, the team places a custom crown over the tooth at a later appointment.
If your tooth is infected, your only options are often to get a root canal or to eventually lose the tooth. If you lose the tooth, you’ll want to explore replacement options like bridges and implants. Getting a root canal before tooth loss is beneficial because:
A root canal effectively alleviates the pain and extreme sensitivity that you feel with damaged pulp. It relieves your symptoms right away so you can eat what you like soon after your recovery.
There are a few steps you’ll need to follow to keep your root canal recovery time short. Your tooth will feel a bit sensitive for a few days as it heals from the procedure, and your dentist may recommend an over-the-counter pain reliever to manage any discomfort. You should also try to avoid solid and sticky foods until your dentist tells you it’s safe to eat them again.
If you have a painful or sensitive tooth that may need a root canal, don’t hesitate to call Dental Studio of Jersey City for an evaluation or book online today.