Root Canal Therapy
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What is Dental Endodontics?
Endodontics is a branch of dentistry that involves the diagnosis, and treatment of teeth that have an infection in the pulp of the tooth. The common procedure is referred to as root canal therapy.
The contaminated material is removed from the inside of the tooth and a medicated sealer is placed to plug up the pulp chamber.
The pulp is the soft inner material inside of the root chamber that consists of nerves, blood supply, and connective tissues. When the infection gets into this semi-closed chamber, it causes swelling – inflammation and can increase sensitivity to pressure, and temperature, and chewing in the process.
What is an Endodontist?
An endodontist is a dental practitioner who specializes in endodontics or treatments focused on the roots of the teeth, such as root canals. Endodontists have taken two or more years of education and training than regular dentists after dental school. They are trained to focus on root canal treatment, diagnosing tooth pain, and other treatments involving the interior of the tooth.
How do you know if you need a root canal?
Root canal therapy is used to save and restore teeth from infection and deterioration. Infected nerves and pulp are taken out as part of the procedure, and the tooth is also cleaned and sealed.
If your tooth has cavity and is neglected for an extended period of time, oral bacteria invades the pulp inside your tooth. Having a cracked or damage tooth because of trauma can also lead to these bacteria invading the pulp. With this, root canal therapy will be necessary.
Figuring out if you need a root canal is important. Our dentist in Wall Township will help you determine if a root canal therapy is indicated or not. Sometimes a gum infection can give similar symptoms as an infected pulp and would require a different treatment.
What Is Done In A Root Canal Therapy?
Before our dentist does a root canal, he checks the tooth of the patient. After determining that the nerve is in fact inflamed from infection, we will open the tooth similar to doing a filling, but we continue into the nerve and under local anesthetic, remove the pulp with small files. The walls of the pulp chamber are then cleaned and disinfected and sealed with a medicated rubbery material to close off the tip of the pulp.
Typically, when a root canal is done on a tooth, it’s due to trauma, fracture, or a large deep decay. In many of these cases, the tooth becomes fragile when it loses its blood supply or when the inner portion of it was removed to get to the nerve.
In many cases, a crown is placed over the top of the tooth to protect it from fracturing. We might put a temporary filling in the tooth for a short time, however, the sooner a more permanent restoration is placed, the less likely for fracture.
Does It Hurt To Have A Root Canal On Your Tooth?
While working on a tooth that is abscessed may be difficult to numb, if you are experiencing swelling or pain, we might offer some antibiotics to “calm things down” before we go in to do the treatment. Using local anesthetic is enough for most people to have a root canal done comfortably. We even offer sedation for our patients if they are extra anxious about the treatment.
If we give you medication to help with infection or swelling or pain, please take them until completed and as directed. At any point you feel discomfort, over-the-counter pain medication will be adequate to control any discomfort.
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What Happens After A Root Canal Therapy?
At our office, you will most likely leave with medication and a long-term temporary filling after your therapy. Once we know the tooth has quieted down, we will rebuild the tooth and typically place a crown on top of the tooth to protect it from further infection or breakage. When a tooth loses its nerve and blood supply, it will frequently turn dark and become brittle. For this reason, we restore the tooth and protect it from reinfection.
Are root canals successful?
Yes, root canals are highly successful. Root canal treatments have a success rate of 95%. Once treatment is complete and successful, the outcome can last for a lifetime.
Endodontists are trained and specialized practitioners, and they will do their best to seal and clean the tooth. But complications can still occur after the procedure because of undetected cracks in the roots of a tooth, a problem with restoration that lets the bacteria pass into the inner tooth, or a breakdown of the inner sealing material over time, which allows bacteria to contaminate the inner tooth.
It is very important to maintain an excellent oral hygiene to prevent any complications. Visiting your dentist regularly is also recommended to make sure your teeth are healthy, and to prevent any complications.
What Are The Alternatives To Having Endodontic Treatment Done?
If the thought of having a root canal surgery scares you, be assured that Dr. Israeli has done numerous successful therapies on teeth to save them. There are circumstances when we might decide that an endodontic treatment (root canal) is NOT the best treatment. If you have limited resources and can’t even afford the root canal, without putting a permanent restoration on top of that will most likely end up with the tooth becoming re-infected or fractured.
The other instance when we might consider NOT doing a root canal is if the tooth itself is badly decayed to the root or fractured, and there isn’t enough tooth structure to support a crown on top of the tooth. In these circumstances, we may suggest an extraction and either a partial denture or a dental implant. Dr. Avi Israeli is experienced in doing extractions and highly competent in doing dental implants if you should need those procedures. Each patient appreciates the fact that Dr. Israeli can handle just about ANY complex situation that comes into the office.
If having a root canal sends your mind off into multiple levels of fear, take comfort to know that our dentist has trained staff to offer you sedation to get your work done comfortably and quickly.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR MY TEETH TO RECOVER?
Most of our patients report they start to notice a difference after the first night of the root canal.
Removing the source of the infection and double-checking that the tooth isn’t hitting your opposing tooth when biting down can make a huge difference. It’s normal to feel a little soreness either from the anesthetic or from the root canal that was done in the area.
Generally, a few days of over-the-counter pain medications should handle the pain. As long as you take normal precautions like chewing on the opposite side and only soft foods for a couple of days, along with taking any medications the doctor may prescribe should handle it. Waiting to chew anything hard until the permanent restoration is completed is also advised to minimize the risk of fracture.
HOW MUCH IS A ROOT CANAL?
Root canal prices can vary from location to location and depending upon which tooth in the mouth it is. Some teeth have only one canal – most of the front teeth, some have two canals – the bicuspids and 3-5 canals for the molars.
The success rate of root canals these days is very good, making them be a great investment. The fee is typically less than a crown and less than other alternatives.
A root canal is a great way to preserve your tooth and prevent tooth loss and other dental problems. Try to save your tooth as long as possible for your own oral health and chewing comfort.
OUR DENTISTRY IN WALL TOWNSHIP
Don’t let tooth pain control your life! Find out why our patients in Spring Lakes Heights, Sea Girt, Manasquan, Belmar, Neptune City, Bradley Beach, Brick Township, and Wall Township areas trust their oral health to Dr. Avi Israel. His procedure in providing a root canal is seen in the number of positive patient reviews! As we are rapidly growing, our dentistry in Wall Township is currently accepting NEW PATIENTS!
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What Do Our Patients Say About Our Dentistry?
I haven’t been to a dentist in a LONG time and I have to say the experience was great!
I needed a Root Canal and they were very nice, The entire staff was great and they put me at ease and there was no pain at all
I look forward to going back and I strongly recommend them to anyone looking for a dentist
Best dentist ever! A great experience all around, from my first phone call to the warm welcome when I arrived. The entire staff was so friendly and informative. There was no wait and best of all no pain! Would recommend them to everyone. Thanks so much.