Getting root canal therapy may not be fun, but it’s not a bad thing at all. Ignore the bad reputation that this vital procedure has unfairly been stuck with. The truth is that most patients say they felt very little or no discomfort at all during it. At the office of Laura Branigan, DMD, our West Long Branch root canal is the solution to your pain, not the cause of it.
The reason for needing non-surgical root canal treatment is that your tooth’s pulp, inside at the base of the tooth, right next to the nerve, has been either infected or damaged. Why does this happen? Your tooth is equipped with protective layers that keep bacteria out. When you sustain a cavity, chip, or crack to the tooth, or an existing filling comes loose or falls out, there is a path for bacteria to get inside and cause harm. In addition, if you suffer dental trauma due to an accident or injury, your pulp may become damaged from that. How do you know when you might need our West Long Branch root canal? Common symptoms are pain, especially when you touch the tooth or chew using it; sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks; as well as possible gum tenderness or tooth discoloration. Pain may range from mild to severe, but either way, you should seek attention for it immediately. Our office is here and ready to help. Under local anesthesia, you will be numb while the treatment is being administered. It consists of the removal of the pulp and nerve, cleaning and disinfecting the canals, and then sealing the canals. After full healing, impressions are taken for the fashioning of a crown to restore the tooth to full size and keep it protected from future infection. Our West Long Branch root canal can take one or more sessions to complete.
Reach out to us immediately when you notice one or more of the symptoms listed above. We’ll have you seen as soon as possible.