When the inner nerve of a tooth becomes affected by decay, trauma, or infection, root canal therapy may be required to restore the tooth. Root canals (endodontic treatment) can save a tooth that otherwise would have to be extracted due to infection.
Symptoms you may experience when needing a root canal
- Lingering pain after eating hot or cold food
- Sensitivity to hot or cold food after dental treatment
- Constant pain and pressure
- Swelling on the gum
- Sensitive to touch
No symptoms may be present in the initial stages. The tooth may become extremely sensitive to both pressure and temperature, and intense pain can be experienced. However, in the advanced stages of decay and infection, an abscess (pimple-like inflammation on the gums) will form and an emergency root canal in will be necessary. Infections can be detected with a dental x-ray.
When confronting this type of decay or infection, the patient has two options: pull the affected tooth or save the tooth through emergency root canal therapy. When extracting a decayed or infected tooth, significant and costly dental problems will arise for adjacent teeth. In the end, tooth extraction may cause more problems than it will solve. Root canal therapy is a much more desirable alternative, as it will provide full functionality to the tooth and mouth, and will not cause any future problems with adjacent teeth.
During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. After the root canal, the tooth needs to have a restoration for support. The tooth can be restored with a post and crown or filling for protection. The tooth continues to function like any other tooth.
In the past, root canal therapy typically required more than one visit. With today’s advances, our emergency dentists in Randolph, NJ can provide our patients with emergency root canal therapy in just a single visit. Give us a call to learn more about this root canal treatment option.