Root Canals

Nu Dimensions Dental

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Union, NJ

Root canals are nothing to fear; they provide a safe and effective way to preserve your teeth and prevent the need for extractions. At Nu Dimensions Dental in Union, New Jersey, Joseph Rozehzadeh, DMD and the team regularly perform root canals to treat badly decaying or infected teeth. To see if you’re a candidate for a root canal, make an appointment by calling the office or clicking the online scheduling tool today.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a type of oral surgery designed to remove the infection of the inflamed tooth pulp. Inside each of your teeth is a root canal and hollow chamber containing nerve endings, blood vessels, and other soft tissue. Your permanent teeth don’t need pulp to function; pulp only provides temperature sensations like hot and cold. 

What are signs I may need a root canal?

The only way to determine if you need a root canal is to schedule an appointment with the team at Nu Dimensions Dental. However, common telltale signs include:

  • Severe toothache
  • Sensitivity to temperature changes
  • Swollen gums
  • Gum pimples or cysts

It’s also common for infected or decaying teeth to change color. For example, your affected tooth may become brown or a dull shade of gray.

Are root canals painful?

Urban legends are common regarding root canals, but the reality is much less frightening. Thanks to modern anesthetics and dental tools, root canals are safe and generally well tolerated. 

Prior to performing a root canal, your Nu Dimensions Dental provider administers a local anesthetic to numb your teeth and gums. This ensures you’re comfortable and feel no pain throughout the procedure. 

What happens during a root canal?

A root canal typically takes two separate appointments. 

At your first appointment, your Nu Dimensions Dental provider performs an oral exam, reviews your medical history, and asks you about the symptoms you’re experiencing. Next, your dentist takes a series of X-rays to get a better look at your root canals and pulp chamber. If your dentist detects signs of an infection, they administer a local anesthetic, numbing your gums and teeth.

After the anesthesia sets in, your dentist places a rubber dam over the affected tooth to keep it free of saliva and debris. Then, your dentist drills an access hole in the top of your tooth and carefully removes your pulp along with the infection and decaying nerve tissue. After removing the soft tissue and bacteria, your dentist cleans out your root canal with a sterile antiseptic solution. Finally, your dentist applies a temporary crown.

About a week later, you return to Nu Dimensions Dental for your second appointment. At your second appointment, your dentist removes your temporary crown and fills your root canal and pulp chamber with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. After the gutta-percha dries, your dentist applies a filling. For teeth that are severely damaged, your dentist may recommend a dental crown.

If you’ve recently learned you’ll need a root canal, there’s nothing to worry about. To access safe, effective treatment, make an appointment at Nu Dimensions Dental today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.