Gentle Dentistry 173 Terrace Street, Haworth, NJ 07641 (201) 384-1611



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By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
October 05, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth decay   root canals  

Unfortunately, root canal therapy has developed a nasty reputation as a painful, long procedure. This, however, is not at all true. Root root canalcanal treatment is your friend, preserving the tooth’s natural structure and saving it from extraction. Learn more about how root canal therapy can help you and your smile with your dentists at Gentle Dentistry in Haworth, NJ in Bergen County.

Does a root canal hurt? 
Before any kind of poking or prodding, your dentist will completely numb the area of the damaged tooth. While you may experience some pressure while your dentist works, you should not feel any pain at all. If you do, you should alert your dentist so they can administer more anesthetic. A root canal should never cause you any pain. In fact, a root canal repairs your damaged tooth to stop your toothache and rest re your biting surface.

Root Canal Therapy in Bergen County
Dentists recommend root canal therapy when a tooth becomes infected with decay. The decay begins on the outside of the tooth, then eats its way inside, layer by layer. When the decay reaches the tooth’s inner pulp chamber, the nerve becomes inflamed, causing a toothache. A toothache is often the first sign that your tooth requires a root canal. This procedure also becomes necessary if the tooth’s nerve is damaged due to trauma or a broken tooth. In many cases, a root canal results in a large filling, requiring the help of a dental crown to protect and stabilize the tooth after the treatment. The crown requires a separate dental appointment about two weeks later, allowing the dental laboratory plenty of time to design and create your restoration.

How does a root canal work? 
First, your dentist numbs the work area. Then, using a small access hole in the top of your tooth, your dentist will use special instruments to remove the decayed tissue inside of the tooth’s pulp chamber and roots. This tissue includes the tooth’s nerve, eliminating its ability to feel pain after the procedure. Then, the inside of the tooth and its roots is scrubbed clean, ensuring no decayed tissue remains behind. Your dentist then fills the tooth with a composite resin material to seal it from further infection.

For more information on root canals and what they can do for you, please contact Dr. Andrew Spector, Dr. Michael Migdal, Dr. Jennifer Hade, Dr. Aleksander Iofin and Dr. Adam Brisman at Gentle Dentistry in Haworth, NJ in Bergen County. Call (201) 384-1611 to schedule your appointment today!