Root Canal Therapy in a Single Office Visit
When you have extensive decay in a tooth that cannot be alleviated with a dental filling, root canal therapy can help ensure your infected tooth does not require extraction. Dr. Stephen J. Malki can eradicate infection and protect your tooth with a strong and natural-looking dental crown. These restorations can be created in our office on the same day of your procedure using CEREC® technology. Root canal—or endodontic—therapy is used to eliminate decay and infection and to restore function to your tooth. Because we use advanced technologies and techniques in our River Edge, NJ, practice, we can ensure a virtually painless procedure.
When is Root Canal Therapy Necessary?
Your tooth is comprised of several layers. When dental decay penetrates the enamel, or outer layer, of the tooth and begins to affect the dentin layer, you may begin to experience significant pain. Once the decay reaches the pulp chamber in your tooth that houses blood vessels and nerve endings, you will require root canal therapy. Infected pulp will continue down the root canals, endangering the structure of your tooth and putting you at risk for tooth extraction. Endodontic therapy can alleviate your painful symptoms and save your tooth from extraction.
Symptoms of Deep Decay or Infection
If you have deep tooth decay or an infection, you may experience symptoms such as:
- Dental sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Pain in the tooth when biting down
- Red or swollen gums near the painful tooth
- Chronic bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth that you cannot eliminate
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should to seek treatment right away. Failing to do so could result in an infection entering your blood stream, which can cause serious complications and endanger your overall health.
When you arrive at our office, Dr. Malki will review x-rays to determine the extent of the decay or infection. Then he will inject a local anesthetic to manage your discomfort during the procedure. Once you are completely comfortable, Dr. Malki will remove the decayed or infected tissues from your tooth through a small hole. Once all the infected tissues have been eradicated, he will disinfect the tooth and widen the root canals. These canals are then filled with gutta percha, a rubber-like material that seals and protects them from further damage. When the root canals have been filled in, our team can take impressions for your dental crown.