If you don’t take care of your teeth by consistently brushing, flossing, and eating healthy foods, then the food particles that get trapped between your teeth and in their crevices can breakdown and cause tooth decay. If the decay is serious and gets into the root area of the tooth, then you may need a root canal.
When decay gets near or into the root of the tooth, then it can cause pain, swelling, and infection on the inside or at the root of a tooth. If this happens, then a dentist will usually recommend going to an endodontist to have a root canal to save the tooth.
Our endodontists at All Smiles Dental Care specialize in saving teeth unless your dentist thinks it is unsalvageable. If that’s the case, then your dentist will do an extraction and discuss options for replacing the tooth.
A root canal involves cleaning the decay out from the pulp of the tooth to get rid of the infection and save the tooth. The endodontist in Hazlet, NJ, will use tiny files to go into the canal of the teeth and clean the decay from them. Afterward, the roots are filled, and a temporary seal is placed over the tooth until the patient’s general dentist crowns it.
Many times when a root canal is necessary, decay weakens the tooth so much that it can easily break. By adding a crown to the tooth, it provides it with a stronger structure and restores the tooth’s function. Your general dentist is usually the one who is responsible for ordering and placing the crown after a root canal.
After having a root canal, you will experience discomfort for a few days, but if you’re still having pain after three to four days, contact one of our dentists at All Smiles Dental Care in Hazlet, NJ.
To help the area heal, avoid eating on the same side of the mouth as the root canal, and gently rinse your mouth out instead of brushing over the area. Also, take an over-the-counter medication for pain.