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Root Canal Therapy Specialist

Goodman & Rosenberg Dentistry

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Pleasantville, NJ

Few dental treatments offer as much pain relief as root canal therapy, even if the first few days of recovery are a bit uncomfortable. At Goodman & Rosenberg Dentistry in Pleasantville, New Jersey, dentists Paul H. Goodman, DDS, and Jay L. Rosenberg, DDS, use root canal therapy to help you avoid losing your natural tooth to inflammation or an infection. Find out if you need a root canal by calling Goodman & Rosenberg Dentistry or booking an appointment online today.

Root Canal Therapy Q & A

What is root canal therapy?

Root canal therapy is a treatment that removes the inner soft tissue from a painful or infected tooth. This soft tissue is called the pulp and includes the nerve within your tooth. Getting a root canal at Goodman & Rosenberg Dentistry can:

  • Restore your ability to chew
  • Restore your bite forces
  • Protect other teeth from damage
  • Relieve pain
  • Stop you from losing your tooth

Your treatment begins when Dr. Goodman, Dr. Rosenberg, and their team take digital X-rays to view the inside of your tooth and assess the extent of the damage. Then, they numb the tooth with local anesthesia and guard your other nearby teeth with a protective sheet called a dental dam. This also keeps saliva and other contaminants from affecting the tooth during your treatment.

Your dentist creates a tiny hole in your tooth’s enamel and dentin to access the pulp. He uses delicate instruments to remove the pulp through the hole before sanitizing the now-empty inner chamber. Then, he fills that chamber with a durable rubber called gutta-percha. You’ll come back for a second visit to restore the tooth with a custom dental crown.

What does root canal therapy treat?

Root canal therapy is a treatment for infection or inflammation of your tooth’s pulp. A tooth infection can come from tooth decay or from blunt force trauma to your tooth.

You should book an evaluation at Goodman & Rosenberg Dentistry for possible root canal therapy if you experience:

  • Tooth pain
  • Excessive tooth sensitivity
  • Swollen gums
  • Darkening gums
  • Pimple-like lesions on your gums
  • Visible tooth chips or cracks

Symptoms like these could indicate other issues too. If the cause is a tooth infection or pulp inflammation, your need for root canal therapy is time-sensitive. Treating damaged or infected pulp with root canal therapy prevents other complications, like tooth abscesses and tooth loss. 

How long does it take to recover from root canal therapy?

Recovering from a root canal is simpler than you might expect. In fact, many patients can go back to school or work on the same day as their initial procedure. It might take some time for your anesthesia to wear off, so your dentist might advise you to avoid eating until it does. This can help you avoid absentmindedly chewing on your cheek and causing irritation.

During the time between your initial appointment and the crown placement appointment, you should be very careful not to place too much pressure on your tooth. You’ll need to adjust your diet to include only soft foods. Your dentist may recommend over-the-counter pain relievers to help you manage the pain and discomfort after the procedure, which usually only lasts for a couple of days.

If you have symptoms like tooth pain and swollen gums, don’t hesitate to book an evaluation by phone or online at Goodman & Rosenberg Dentistry to find out if you need root canal therapy.