Park Place Dental Group
Dentistry & Cosmetic and Restorative
Dentistry located in Arts Section, Newark, NJ
Every year, more than 15 million Americans undergo a root canal. This common procedure addresses damaged or inflamed tooth pulp and prevents the need for an extraction. At Park Place Dental Group in Newark, New Jersey, you can access root canal treatment in a welcoming, comfortable environment. If you or a loved one has a toothache, schedule an appointment by calling the office today.
Root Canal Q & A
What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a type of oral surgery used to preserve a damaged or decaying tooth. During root canal treatment, your Park Place Dental Group provider removes the pulp from the center of your affected tooth.
Pulp contains nerves and blood vessels, but it isn’t necessary for a tooth’s survival. By removing the pulp, an infection is unable to spread. This preserves your permanent tooth, preventing the need for further treatment or a prosthetic like a dental implant or bridge.
What Types of Issues Can a Root Canal Address?
A root canal relieves infected or inflamed tooth pulp. Damaged pulp usually occurs as a result of:
- Untreated cavities
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked teeth
- An injury to a tooth, such as a sudden impact or a fall
You might also benefit from a root canal if you have a tooth that’s undergone multiple corrective procedures.
What is The Root Canal Treatment Process Like?
Root canal treatment at Park Place Dental Group begins with an oral exam and discussion of your symptoms. Your provider also takes low radiation digital X-rays to get a closer look at your tooth roots and root canals. If you have a cavity or damaged tooth, your provider administers a local anesthetic and moves forward with treatment.
Once the anesthesia kicks in, your provider carefully makes an access hole in the top of your tooth and removes the infected pulp. After removing the pulp, your provider cleans your root canal with an antiseptic solution and fills the canal with a material called gutta-percha.
Lastly, your provider takes impressions of your tooth and sends the impressions to a laboratory that develops a permanent dental crown.
A week or two later, you return to Park Place Dental Group, and your provider bonds your dental crown to the top of your affected tooth. Afterward, you can bite and chew as you normally would without any pain.
What If I Have Gum Disease?
Park Place Dental Group also offers treatment for gum disease.
If your Park Place Dental Group provider detects gum disease during a routine oral exam, they might recommend:
- Scaling and root planing
- Flap surgery
- Soft tissue grafts
- Guided tissue regeneration
These treatments stop gum recession and prevent tooth loss. They can also correct cosmetic issues like a gummy smile.
To learn more about the benefits of a root canal or gum treatment, schedule an appointment at Park Place Dental Group by calling the office today.