About Endodontics

About Endodontic Treatment

Do you need a Root Canal ? Here at Rand Dental in Flanders,N.J. most of our patients report that having root canal treatment today is as unremarkable as having a cavity filled.

To understand endodontic treatment it helps to know something about the anatomy of the tooth. Inside the tooth, under the white enamel and a hard layer called the dentin, is a soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue, and it creates the surrounding hard tissues of the tooth during development. It extends from the crown of the tooth to the tip of the roots where it connects to the surroudning tissue. During the tooth's growth and development the pulp is very important. However, once a tooth is fully mature it can survive without the pulp, because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it.

Illustration of the steps in a root canal

Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, a crack or chip in the tooth, and so on. In addition, an injury to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated it can cause pain, or even lead to an abscess.

If you're concerned about damage to your pulp, possible signs to look for include: pain; prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold; tenderness to touch and chewing; discoloration of the tooth; and swelling, drainage, or tenderness in the lymph nodes, as well in nearby bone and gingival tissue call us at Rand Dental in Flanders, New Jersey. Sometimes, however, there are no symptoms.

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Root Canal Treatment

If necessary, Rand Dental will most likely recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed, and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort (or nitrous oxide analgesia can be provided if indicated), and it may be completed in just one visit, though sometimes more are necessary depending on the exact treatment required. Success occurs in about 90% of cases. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.

After root canal therapy comes a process known as restoration. It's done as a follow-up a few weeks after completion of the root canal, and its purpose is to provide long term protection to the treated tooth. You and your restorative dentist will decide on what type of restoration best protects your tooth.Rand Dental - voted Top Dentsit in Flanders, New Jersey.

It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur however,call us at 973-927-8800. To prevent further decay, continue to practice good dental hygiene.