Root Canal Treatment
Root canals are probably one of the most feared—and most misunderstood—of all dental procedures. We want to set the record straight about root canals right here: This common dental treatment is no worse than getting a dental filling. The pain that is usually associated with it—a toothache—is the cause of the pain, not the treatment. In fact, if you come to our Parsippany, NJ dental office with a painful toothache that requires a root canal, you’ll leave feeling much better than when you walked in.
Don’t fear the tooth-saving root canal. At the first sign of a toothache, contact Gruber Dental so we can determine whether or not you have an infection in the root of your tooth. We can relieve your pain and probably save your tooth in the process. Call anytime; we have dentists available on call 24 hours a day.
Signs You Might Need a Root Canal
A toothache that quickly escalates is often a sure sign that you need a root canal. But there can be other symptoms as well:
- A white, pimple-like spot on the gums
- Swelling or redness in the gums
- Sudden sensitivity with a specific tooth
- Pain with a tooth when you bite down on it
The Root Canal Procedure
Once we’ve discovered an infection in the tooth root—generally through an examination and a digital x-ray—we’ll completely numb the area around the affected tooth. Then your dentist will make a tiny hole in the tooth to enable special dental tools to clean out the infected material.
The tooth root will be thoroughly cleaned and rinsed with an antibiotic before the area is sealed. This will help ensure that the infection will not spread to other parts of the mouth.
After a Root Canal
After your procedure, most of your toothache pain will be eliminated. The area might be slightly tender for a day or two afterward, and you can get some relief with an over-the-counter medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
Because root canal therapy involves removing the living tissue from the tooth root, the remaining structure tends to become brittle. To protect the tooth against the substantial forces of chewing, a dental crown is usually recommended to provide strength. We can either provide you with a lab-fabricated dental crown or create a same-day crown using our in-office milling machine.
Don’t Put Off Needed Treatment
Dental pain is never normal, so we recommend that you call our Parsippany, NJ dental office at the first sign of discomfort. Ignoring the pain will not make it go away. If you need a root canal, our experienced dentists will take good care of you, ensuring the experience is as comfortable as possible. Give us a call today!