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Root Canals Specialist

Keep Smiling Dental PC

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Belleville, NJ

Today’s root canals are nothing to fear. These procedures are an area of expertise for Frouzandeh Mahdi, DMD, and Elizabeth Sandoval, DMD, of Keep Smiling Dental PC in Bellville, New Jersey. Area residents are encouraged to contact the office to learn more about root canals and other restorative care options. Online booking is available, or you can always call or stop by the office to check appointment availability.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is an advanced dental restoration that treats an infected tooth. To understand the procedure, it helps to think about the anatomy of your teeth. 

The outermost layer of your teeth is made of a thin coating of enamel, a hard white substance. Just beneath lies a thicker layer of dentin, another hard substance that is naturally yellow in color. 

The inner portion of your teeth is a hollow chamber filled with a soft tissue called pulp. The pulp contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. Pulp plays a critical role as your teeth develop in childhood but is not necessary during adulthood because your tooth tissue receives sufficient nourishment from surrounding tissues. 

If the pulp within a tooth becomes infected, the nerves become irritated. This can lead to severe dental pain, as well as changes to the nearby tissues. 

How do I know if it’s time for a root canal?

An infected tooth will usually lead to noticeable symptoms. If you notice any of the following changes, you may need a root canal to clear up the infection and save the tooth. Left untreated, an infection can lead to an abscess, a painful sore in the gum tissue. 

Here are some indications you might need a root canal:

  • Pain when biting down or chewing
  • Sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Swelling or tenderness in your gums
  • A sore on your gums that looks like a pimple
  • Darkening of a tooth
  • A chipped or cracked tooth

Don’t ignore these or other changes in your teeth or gums. Treatment can often save your tooth, which is an important component of your bone health. 

What happens during a root canal?

You’ll receive numbing medication to ensure you remain comfortable from start to finish. Your dentist begins by creating a small access hole. Next, a series of slim dental tools called files are used to remove all traces of infected pulp from the inner chamber of the tooth. 

The tooth chamber is rinsed, then a material called gutta-percha is used to fill the chamber. The access hole is closed using a small filling, then a dental crown is placed over the entire tooth. This provides protection for the restored tooth and ensures you’ll have a healthy and painless bite. 

If you have additional questions about root canals or are concerned about the above mentioned symptoms of an infected tooth, call the office today to set up a visit with the Keep Smiling Dental PC team. Online booking is also an option and is fast and easy.