Root Canals have a terrible reputation, with many patients dreading the experience and expecting severe and torturous pain. At McOmber Dental, the reality is much different. We are proud to offer gentle and pain-free root canal treatments.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal (endodontic treatment) is a dental procedure used to treat infection at the center of a tooth (the root canal system). It involves the removal of the dental pulp and then disinfecting and sealing the pulp chamber.
Why Root Canals are Necessary
A root canal is typically required when the pulp inside a tooth has become infected or inflamed due to a very deep cavity or filling or trauma to the tooth (such as a fracture or crack). The pulp is tissue located in the innermost part of the tooth. Pulp is vital for your teeth’s health- it contains the blood vessels and nerves that provide them with nourishment, strength, and sensation. If the infection goes untreated, the tissues around the root of your tooth can also become infected. In that event, a patient may experience severe pain, swelling, and abscesses inside the tooth or in the bone around the end of the root. The worst of these cases can result in the complete loss of the tooth.
At McOmber Dental, Your Comfort is Our Priority
In our office, our patients’ comfort is our top priority. An electronic apex locator is utilized to assist us in determining the length of the tooth root, taking the guesswork out of instrumenting and sealing the roots. At the same time, rotary files minimize the time spent cleaning the canals. These technological advances, coupled with our effective use of anesthetics, produce superior results, resulting in a pain-free and safe procedure that can save your natural tooth.
After completing root canal therapy, we typically strengthen and protect the tooth with a white filling or crown. This permits our patients to return to biting and chewing normally without pain or anxiety about the tooth.
Signs You May Need a Root Canal
You may require root canal treatment if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Moderate to severe lingering toothache pain when drinking hot or cold liquids or foods.
- Moderate to severe pain when biting on a tooth.
- Sensitivity to tapping or pressure on the tooth.
- Toothache that wakes you up in the middle of the night.
- A pimple on your gum that may release pus or blood.
- Radiating pain from one area of the mouth to another.
Call McOmber Dental For Worry-Free Root Canals
Our practice is called comprehensive dentistry because our highly-trained staff can cater to almost all your dental needs in one setting. No longer will you have to go to a specialist for root canals, pediatric care, extractions, or dental implants. Additionally, Dr. McOmber is among a handful of dentists in New Jersey to have earned the state sedation permit, meaning that you can rest easy during any dental procedure. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or consultation.