Root Canals

The anticipation of a root canal procedure can be nerve-racking for a lot of men and women. Thankfully, the expert dental team at the Dental Studios will help alleviate some of the anxiety and discomfort from a root canal procedure. Dr. Daniel Butensky at the Dental Studios in Summit and Westfield, New Jersey is well-trained to perform root canals. If you’re nervous about having a root canal, book an appointment over the phone or online. The professional team at the Dental Studios is ready to soothe your worries.

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure intended to remove oral discomfort and restore your tooth. If your tooth becomes critically infected from the inside, one of the accomplished dentists at the Dental Studios will take out the bacteria and any dead or dying tissue. Doing so lets them get rid of your pain and preserve your tooth.

What leads to an infection in the tooth root?

From damage to the tooth or from a cavity allowed to go untreated, roots and tissue within your teeth can become infected with bacteria. If you don’t visit the dentist, the infected tissue may spread into the root or pulp of the tooth. Ask about treatment. If you don’t, the infection could spread even further and lead to other health complications.

How can I recognize an infected tooth?

An infected tooth can become very painful relatively quickly, especially if you don’t take care of it promptly. Infected tooth symptoms might include:

  • Inflamed gums
  • Tooth soreness, especially when chewing
  • Acute tooth sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures
  • Bad breath
  • Pus coming from around the tooth
  • Painful aching in your jaw and mouth
  • Tooth darkening in color
  • A bump on your gum like a small pimple

What’s involved in a root canal?

Most often, one of the extremely able dentists at the Dental Studios completes the treatment in one or two appointments. You may first require an X-ray to determine the extent of damage to the tooth needing the root canal.

At your appointment, one of the dentists at the Dental Studios will use a needle to numb the area with a local anesthetic. Every now and then, they place a dental dam, or a little piece of rubber, on your tooth to preserve its cleanliness and protect it from bacteria during the procedure. Once your tooth is anesthetized, the dentist creates a tiny opening in your tooth to access the area of infection inside the root.

After this, your dentist takes away the damaged and unhealthy pulp using small files, and sprays the area with water to remove debris. Until you return for a permanent crown, your dentist either seals the tooth or applies a temporary filling.

If you show any signs or symptoms of a tooth infection, be sure to call the Dental Studios or schedule a consultation online.

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