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Infection & Decay

When are Root Canals Necessary?

When a tooth is decayed or infected, a root canal may be essential to repair and save it. A tooth can be infected as a result of numerous dental procedures, decay, cracks, chips or large filings. Getting hit in the face or other trauma can also cause a tooth to become infected or inflamed. When the tooth’s nerve tissue or pulp is damaged, an abscess may form. An abscess is a pocket of pus at the end of the roots of a tooth that occurs when the infection spreads past the ends of the root. Infection in the root canal can cause swelling, bone loss near the tooth, and other problems.

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Determined With An X-Ray

The Root Canal Procedure

The root canal involves the cavity within the center of the tooth that contains the pulp and nerve of the tooth. Our dentist can determine if you need this procedure by taking an X-ray to see the shape of the root canal as well as any infections near the bone. To prevent the formation of an abscess in a decayed or infected tooth, our dentist removes the nerve and pulp and cleans the inside of the tooth before sealing it. The only function of the nerve is to give you the sensation of temperature, so a root canal should not affect the function of the tooth too drastically. For many patients, a root canal is no more painful than having a cavity filled and may be the best option to help you keep all of your natural teeth.

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Make An Appointment Today

Seek Skilled Dental Service in New Jersey

If you have a severe toothache when you eat, sensitivity to hot or cold, or discoloration of a tooth, you should make an appointment with Elite Implant & Family Dentistry. Root canals have more than a 95% success rate, and may be beneficial for you. We offer free in-person consultations so can learn more about your dental hygiene needs. Contact our office for more information about our dental services today!

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