Your tooth is made up of a hard outer covering of enamel, a layer of softer dentin, and a soft, pulpy center. When that center part of your tooth becomes infected, you’re at risk of a host of complications, including loss of your tooth, spread of the infection to other teeth, and even bone loss.
A root canal can stop the infection, save your tooth, and eliminate the other risks associated with infection. However, many people are terribly afraid of having a root canal because they think the procedure will be painful and that the pain will last for days afterward.
At Advanced Smile Dentistry in Toms River, New Jersey, David Basar, DDS, and his staff are dedicated to making sure you enjoy outstanding oral health and that you’re comfortable during any procedure in our office. We want to eliminate the uncomfortable symptoms you feel when you need a root canal, save your tooth, and keep your mouth healthy.
The purpose of a root canal
When the pulp of your tooth is infected, you have inflammation and pain. Your tooth may be sensitive to hot or cold temperatures, your gums might hurt, and you’re likely experiencing pain either constantly or intermittently.
The process of a root canal
A root canal begins with anesthesia so that you’re comfortable right from the start. Dr. Basar numbs the nerves around your affected tooth, and places a rubber dental dam in your mouth so that saliva can’t reach your tooth during the procedure. He then drills a very small hole in your tooth so he can get to the infected area.
Dr. Basar uses a specialized suction tool to remove the infected pulp and the bacteria that’s causing the infection from your diseased tooth. Once that’s done, he fills your tooth with a rubber-like material to strengthen and seal it.
Sometimes it’s necessary to have two appointments to complete a root canal. During the first appointment, Dr. Basar removes the infected material and fills your tooth to strengthen and seal it.
In some instances, you may need a crown placed over the top of your affected tooth. A crown is a cap that covers the visible part of your tooth and further strengthens it. If you need a crown, Dr. Basar will place a temporary one during your first visit, then you’ll come back for your custom-fitted crown to be permanently placed.
Keep your tooth, and don’t be afraid
You don’t have to live with the pain and risk of an infected tooth, and you don’t need to fear having a root canal. Modern techniques and pain control mean that this procedure can be performed quickly and with much less discomfort than in the past.