A root canal is a procedure done at our Glassboro dental office to restore and save your tooth if it is infected or severely decayed. Not just to save your natural teeth, a root canal is a simple treatment that’s necessary to prevent the need for dental implants or bridges. A root canal usually involves local anesthesia and, depending on the extent of treatment needed, can be completed in one or more visits. During your root canal procedure, Dr. Baqir Jaffery will remove the nerve and pulp from inside your tooth before cleaning it thoroughly then sealing it. Because a tooth that needs a root canal is usually one that has serious decay or a large filling, further repair is often needed. A crown, crown and post, or other restoration is sometimes recommended in order to protect your tooth, prevent it from breaking, and restore it to its full function.
Root canal may never be a pleasant experience but Dr. Ettelson has been named one of the Top Ten Dentists in New Jersey and dedicates himself to each patient’s needs and comfort. In your consultation at our Glassboro dental office, Dr. Ettelson will explain that there are many reasons a tooth can develop deep decay, including large fillings, a chip, crack, or trauma to the face, and repeated dental procedures. A root canal will be needed once your tooth’s nerve and pulp become inflamed, irritated, and infected. Some root canal symptoms can be intense toothache pain when chewing, swelling or tenderness in your gums, sensitivity to heat or cold, discoloration of your tooth, or a returning pimple on your gums. Regular dental check-ups are always important because there are also cases where there are no symptoms, yet a root canal is still needed.
Dr. Ettelson will discuss the risks involved not having a needed root canal. Without proper and timely treatment, the infection in the tissue surrounding your tooth will only get worse and abscesses may develop. An abscess occurs when the infection spreads past the ends of the roots of your tooth. In addition to an abscess, an infection in the root canal of a tooth can cause swelling that can easily spread to other areas of your face, neck, or head. We will discuss all aspects of Dr. Ettelson’s findings and make you as comfortable as possible with your choice of treatment at our Glassboro dental office.