Root canal therapy to save a natural tooth from extraction
When problems arise within the smile, it may mean that a natural tooth is significantly damaged due to decay, disease, or infection. With the help of Drs. Edward and Dina Jackson of State Street Smiles in Hackensack, New Jersey, men and women can find a solution when these issues arise that doesn’t require the permanent extraction of their natural teeth. This solution is often the root canal therapy treatment or “endodontic therapy.”
What is root canal therapy?
Endodontic treatment refers to the procedure that is known as a root canal. Many patients have a negative reaction when they think of the words root canal, even though the procedure itself is not painful as it is performed with proper anesthetics and sedation. The treatment is done to maintain the natural tooth structure whenever possible after infection or damage has occurred, eliminating the need for permanent removal.
What happens during root canal therapy?
During the root canal therapy procedure, Drs. Edward and Dina Jackson will begin by numbing the area with a local anesthetic to ensure that the patient is completely comfortable throughout the process. A small hole is drilled into the tooth in order to allow access to the infected or damaged pulp. The infected materials are carefully removed without damaging the healthy areas of teeth. Once all debris has been cleared out of the affected area, it is cleansed thoroughly with an antiseptic solution before filling and sealing it with a special material.
The entire procedure may take several visits depending on how much damage needs to be treated, but after it is complete, patients can look forward to having a restored smile free from pain and infection!
Am I a candidate for endodontic therapy?
If you suspect that you have a condition that may otherwise affect the natural tooth, it may be time to ask our team about the benefits of endodontic therapy. Call State Street Smiles of Hackensack, NJ, today at (201) 487-7030 to request an appointment at the office conveniently located at 405 Main Street. Patients in Teaneck, Maywood, and Paramus, NJ, are also welcome to visit Drs. Edward and Dina Jackson.
Root canal therapy is a very common procedure. It has a reputation of being undesirable and painful. But when done properly it is actually painless. Every tooth in your mouth is composed of a crown and a root. When a cavity or bacteria penetrates the tooth, the root and its nerves become irritated. As a result, the bacteria within the pulp cavity needs to be removed and cleaned in order to restore the tooth to its healthy state. Following the procedure, the tooth is fragile and consequently is restored with the natural crown for a lifetime of durability. Root canals have a success rate of 95% or greater. Most root canal are diagnosed by patients’ sensitivities to a specific tooth. Be sure to consult your dentist any symptoms or discomfort occur.