Cosmetic & Family Dentist located in Newark, NJ and Ironbound, NJ
A painful, infected tooth makes it hard to eat, sleep, and function. A root canal can save your tooth and provide relief. At Nova Dental, Bhavneet Singh, DDS, uses root canal therapy to put patients at ease. To make an appointment at the practice in Newark, New Jersey and East Orange, New Jersey, call the office, or click the online booking tool today.
Root Canal Q & A
What is a root canal?
A crack or opening in your tooth allows bacteria to infiltrate, so your tooth may become infected. A root canal procedure cleans out that infection and closes the tooth off to further bacteria buildup.
A root canal refers to the pulp chamber inside your tooth that’s filled with nerves and pulp. Once an adult tooth is fully developed, the pulp is no longer needed for the tooth to survive.
Why would I need a root canal?
Nova Dental uses root canal therapy to treat damaged or infected tooth pulp. These issues occur for various reasons, including:
- Deep decay due to an untreated cavity
- Fractures, chips, and other damage
- Undergoing extensive dental work
- Oral trauma
Pulp problems don’t always present obvious symptoms. If your gums become red, swollen, or emit a sensation of warmth, make an appointment at Nova Dental right away.
What happens during a root canal procedure?
First, your dentist takes X-rays and examines your tooth to ensure the infection hasn’t spread. It also gives them an idea about how your pulp chamber is shaped. Next, they administer local anesthesia to numb your mouth and place a protective sheet around your tooth to keep it dry.
After the anesthesia kicks in, they make a hole in the root canal and insert tiny instruments to remove all the pulp. Your dentist then sanitizes and seals the root canal and access hole with a filling-like material.
When the filling material dries, your provider takes impressions of your tooth. They send your impressions to a dental laboratory that uses them to design and manufacture a custom dental crown. Once the technicians finish your crown, you return to Nova Dental.
Your provider once again administers a local anesthetic, bonds the crown in place, and polishes your tooth.
What is recovery like following root canal therapy?
Following root canal therapy, many people experience increased tooth sensitivity, mild swelling, and discomfort. To limit any pain, take an over-the-counter medication like Advil or Tylenol. For the first 48-72 hours following treatment, eat only soft foods like scrambled eggs or mashed potatoes.
Continue to brush and floss as normal, but be gentle around your treated tooth. Avoid biting down on your new crown for at least 48 hours, to ensure the bonding material dries.
If you need to schedule a root canal, call or use the online booking option to speak to the team at Nova Dental today.
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