Root Canal Specialist

Totowa Dental Center

Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Totowa, NJ

The team at Totowa Dental Center offers root canals and similar endodontic services for patients who have infections or other dental problems in Totowa, Passaic County, New Jersey.

Root Canal Q & A

Totowa Dental Center

What is a root canal?

It’s a misconception that teeth are solid. They actually have a soft core of tissue called pulp within the root. If this pulp becomes diseased or infected, the result can be very painful. There is also the potential for the infection to spread. A root canal is a surgical procedure aimed at cleaning out the pulp so this type of infection can heal. Root canals are usually performed in a dentist's office and only need a local anesthetic.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

Sometimes root canals do not cause any pain and therefore people don’t recognize the warning signs and don’t realize they need a root canal. However, it’s more common for people to feel pain, or severe sensitivity to heat or cold. There may also be drainage or pus from the tooth, and swelling or tenderness in the tissues adjacent to the infected area. When the infection is severe, the glands in your neck will become swollen, and you might experience a fever. The dentists at Totowa Dental Center will determine if a root canal is necessary based on your symptoms and an examination.

What's a root canal like?

Before a root canal procedure is performed, the first step is to gather x-rays of the tooth. You will then be given a local anesthetic, and the dentist will place a small protective sheet called a “dental dam” inside the mouth to keep saliva away from the area during the procedure. The next step is for the dentist to make a small opening in the top of the tooth, and using very small instruments, cleans out the infected pulp. The opening will receive a temporary filling to close the hole. You'll need to come back for a second visit for the crown to be placed, which is the final part of the root canal.

What aftercare is necessary for a root canal?

After a root canal, it’s important to follow your dentist’s instructions as there is a small chance the tooth could break. You shouldn’t chew or bite on the area treated until you receive a permanent cap. There may be some minor pain but over-the-counter medications should be able to minimize any discomfort. Oral hygiene should remain very important. Stay vigilant with flossing, and brush twice a day. After your final visit for the root canal, you can resume your normal preventive dental care schedule.

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Insurance

At Totowa Dental Center, we strive to make every service achievable and affordable for all patients. We only accept PPO plans. Along with our accepted insurance, Totowa Dental Center accepts Care Credit and Lending Club. For more information about our insurance policies or payment methods, please call our office.

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