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What Is a Root Canal?

June 20, 2022
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Posted By: Mountainside Family Dental
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Root canal therapy is often considered the boogeyman of dentistry. For years, people have assumed root canals are painful, complicated procedures, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Root canal treatment doesn’t cause pain; it relieves pain from with the infection itself. Modern root canal therapy at Mountainside Family Dental is quick, straightforward, and pain-free.

What Is a Root Canal?

A root canal, also known as root canal therapy, is named for the area of the tooth it treats. Inside the tooth is a root canal that contains pulp, which houses nerves, blood vessels, and tissues. When the pulp gets inflamed, infected, or damaged, the tooth requires root canal treatment to remove the pulp and restore the tooth’s comfort and health. 

How Is a Root Canal Done?

Your Union County dentist starts by applying a local anesthetic, so you don’t experience any pain or discomfort. We then make a small access point in your tooth to remove the diseased or damaged pulp. Next, we thoroughly sanitize the tooth and irrigate the tooth’s root canal to clear away any debris and bacteria. 

After it’s clean, we fill the root canal with a strong substance called gutta-percha, and we finish off by sealing the tooth with a dental crown to protect it from further damage and decay. A dental crown encapsulates the tooth and preserves your natural smile’s structural integrity and strength. 

Benefits of Root Canal Therapy 

Untreated dental infections can lead to several oral and general health concerns, such as spreading disease to oral structures and tissues, spreading infection to other parts of the body, and tooth loss. A root canal can save your natural tooth and protect it from further decay and damage. 

Saving a natural tooth with root canal therapy has the following benefits:

  • Effective chewing 
  • Restores biting and chewing forces
  • Natural appearance
  • Protects surrounding teeth from excessive strain and wear
  • Relieves pain and enhances comfort 

Book a Root Canal Evaluation in Mountainside, NJ 

Do you have an infected tooth or suspect you may need a root canal? If so, please contact your Mountainside dentist today to schedule an appointment. Our team can assess your oral health and determine the best plan of action to treat your smile and restore your oral health. In addition to gentle and painless root canals, we offer various cosmetic and restorative services, including custom-made dental crowns. 

Our dentist office is pleased to serve patients from surrounding Union County areas, including Mountainside, Springfield, Westfield, Cranford, Garwood, and Union.

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