A root canal treatment is a dental procedure to treat the inside of a tooth when the pulp, which contains the nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues, becomes infected or inflamed. A root canal aims to save the tooth and alleviate pain by removing the infected or damaged pulp, disinfecting the root canal system, and filling it with a biocompatible material. At Englewood Dentistry, root canal therapy is an effective treatment that can save a tooth from extraction and relieve pain caused by infection or inflammation. It allows patients to maintain their natural teeth and restores normal biting and chewing functions. Regular dental check-ups and good oral hygiene practices are essential for the long-term success of a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy.
Once your dentist has determined that you need a root canal and you’ve chosen to have it performed, they will take X-rays of the tooth to provide an accurate picture of the current condition of the root and surrounding bone structure. If decay or disease is discovered within the tooth, the dentist will thoroughly clean the tooth’s surface to remove any signs of infection. Then, the infected pulp will be removed from the tooth, and the root canal system will be cleaned and sterilized. The dentist will then fill the root canal system with gutta-percha or another material and seal off the access hole to prevent further bacteria from entering. Finally, a crown will be placed over the tooth to restore both the appearance and function of the tooth.
Get in touch with Englewood Dentistry at 334 Grand Ave, Englewood, NJ 07631, or call (201) 541-8111 to learn more about root canal treatments and how the procedure works.