Root Canal Therapy

Dental care treatments are designed to address various kinds of health concerns. The main dental health concern that most people are familiar with is tooth decay. And yet many people don’t realize that tooth decay can do more than just cause cavities. Left untreated, the tooth decay can actually spread and affect the interior structure of the tooth, which can lead to major pain and discomfort. That’s where visiting a New Jersey laser dentistry practice becomes essential. When the interior structures of a tooth are affected by bacteria and decay, root canal therapy become essential.

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a treatment that is performed in order to remove diseased/infected dental pulp. One of the best parts about meeting with a laser cosmetic dentist in northern New Jersey is that the procedure is free from pain and even more efficient than it was before.

Why is root canal treatment necessary?

Within each tooth is a collection of tissue called dental pulp, which provides nourishment to the tooth and connects the tooth to nerves in the mouth. If the dental pulp becomes infected, it results in severe pain, and if left untreated, the infection can spread. The root canal will be able to alleviate pain while also stopping the spread of the infection. It’s an essential treatment option to consider for comprehensive family dental care.

Best Candidates for a Root Canal

The best candidates for a root canal treatment are people who have tooth decay that has penetrated into the pulp chamber of the tooth. Many people who do come in for root canal therapy complain of pain and discomfort, which is a generally an indication of a dental pulp problem.

The Root Canal Procedure

In the past, dental drills were required to perform the root canal therapy, which may explain why the procedure has a reputation for pain and discomfort. Today, that is no longer the case thanks to pain-free laser dental care technology.

During the root canal procedure, we will use a dental laser to carefully access the pulp chamber of the tooth. The pulp and nerves within the affected tooth are removed. The pulp chamber is then carefully sterilized to eliminate any bacteria that’s left. Once the pulp camber is cleaned, it is filled with an inert material. New Jersey dental crowns are then used to cap the tooth after treatment.

Recovery Following a Root Canal Treatment

In the days after a root canal is performed, patients will likely notice some tooth sensitivity. This is natural and part of the healing process. Sometimes the tooth may feel sore, though this can easily be managed through the use of over-the-counter pain medications.

Generally patients will avoid chewing on the side of the mouth where the root canal has been performed due to tooth sensitivity. We’d also recommend avoiding hard foods during this time, and to abstain from hot or cold beverages given the sensitivity of the tooth. Patients should brush and floss their teeth as usual as they recover.

Learn More About Advanced Laser Dental Care

For more information on root canal therapy and other advanced dental care treatments, be sure to contact our Oakland, NJ cosmetic laser dentistry center today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve optimal dental health.