Root Canal Specialist

Rockwell Dentistry

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Middletown, NJ & Hamilton Township, NJ

Many people get concerned when they find out they need a root canal. However, a root canal doesn’t have to be a stressful, uncomfortable experience when you visit the skilled dental team at Rockwell Dentistry in Middletown and Hamilton, New Jersey. They take a multidisciplinary approach to dental care and are well-trained in one-visit root canals, performing the procedure on a routine basis. If you’re worried about a root canal treatment, call or book an appointment online today.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

The goal of a root canal is to alleviate pain and save an infected tooth. If your tooth becomes critically infected from the inside, one of the accomplished dentists at Rockwell Dentistry takes out the bacteria and any dead or dying tissue. This way, they can save your tooth and help ease your pain.

What causes the root of a tooth to become infected?

Damage to the tooth or a cavity that’s been allowed to go untreated can lead to the roots and tissue within your teeth becoming infected with bacteria. The infected tissue may enter the root or pulp of the tooth if you put off going to the dentist. This can cause a host of other problems if the infection spreads any further, so be sure to seek treatment.

What does an infected tooth look and feel like?

If you don't seek treatment for the infected tooth right away, you might experience a significant amount of discomfort. The usual symptoms of an infected tooth can include:

  • Inflamed gums
  • Tooth soreness while chewing
  • Extreme tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Smelly, bad breath
  • Pus coming from around the tooth
  • Painful throbbing in your jaw or mouth
  • Tooth darkening in color
  • A small pimple-like bump on your gum

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, contact Rockwell Dentistry. They provide emergency dental services for patients of all ages.

How is a root canal performed?

One of the highly trained dentists at Rockwell Dentistry can usually fix your tooth with one visit. You may need X-rays taken so the full extent of the tooth damage can be evaluated before the root canal is performed.

Your dentist uses a needle to numb the region and make sure you don't feel anything during the procedure. Occasionally, they stick a small layer of rubber, or dental dam, around the tooth to safeguard it and keep it sanitary throughout the process. After anesthesia is applied, the dentist makes a tiny cut in your tooth to access the area of infection inside the root.

After this, your dentist removes the infected and damaged pulp using small files, then washes away any debris from the area with water. Once all the infected material is removed, your dentist either seals the tooth or puts in a temporary filling to protect your tooth until you come back for a permanent crown.

Book a consultation online or call Rockwell Dentistry today if you show even a minor symptom or sign of tooth infection. It could be more serious than you think.