If you get hit in the mouth or develop a deep cavity, root canal treatment can relieve the pain, prevent the infection from spreading, and preserve your permanent tooth. At Dr. David Gleaner Family Dentistry, David Gleaner, DMD, and the team specialize in root canal treatment. If you have a persistent toothache, don’t wait to make an appointment. Call the office in Bayonne, New Jersey, or click the online booking feature today.
Root canal treatment is a procedure that removes infected or inflamed pulp from the center of a tooth. Tooth pulp is a soft substance made of nerves and blood vessels. It provides temperature sensations but isn’t necessary for a tooth’s survival.
By removing tooth pulp that’s infected or inflamed, it’s possible to relieve uncomfortable side effects and preserve your natural tooth.
Dr. Gleaner and the team use root canal treatment to remove damaged or infected tooth pulp caused by:
If you regularly experience tooth pain, swelling, or a sensation of heat in your gums, make an appointment with Dr. Gleaner right away.
Root canal treatment takes two appointments about a week apart.
Before performing root canal treatment, Dr. Gleaner does an oral exam and takes oral X-rays. If he finds that your tooth pulp is damaged or infected, he numbs your mouth with a local anesthetic and removes it.
Afterward, Dr. Gleaner cleans your tooth out and fills it with a rubbery material. Then, he takes impressions of your tooth and bonds a temporary crown on top. Dr. Gleaner sends your impressions to a manufacturing facility that creates a custom crown.
When the manufacturing facility finishes your custom crown, you return to the office. Dr. Gleaner replaces your temporary crown with the permanent one and explains how to care for it.
After root canal treatment, many people experience mild swelling and increased tooth sensitivity. Dr. Gleaner recommends getting plenty of rest, taking anti-inflammatory medication, and brushing and flossing more gently than normal.
Your symptoms should subside within a few days, but if they persist or get worse, contact Dr. Gleaner right away. That’s especially true if they affect your ability to bite, chew, or speak.
Root canal treatment is safe and usually well-tolerated. Even so, it’s possible for your tooth to become reinfected. To reduce the risk of potential complications, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene. Brush and floss regularly and visit Dr. Gleaner and the team every six months for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning.
To see if you might benefit from root canal treatment, make an appointment at Dr. David Gleaner Family Dentistry by calling the office or clicking the online booking feature today.