endodontics voorhees njWhat is Endodontics?

Endodontics is a branch of dentistry that deals with everything inside the tooth — the soft tissues, pulp, nerves, and roots. The most common procedure in the field of endodontics is root canal therapy which is done to remove an infected tooth pulp.

Endodontic treatment is an intricate process which requires dexterity and mastery. If done improperly, there is a possibility of reinfection after the tooth pulp has been removed. This is why choosing an experienced and well-trained endodontist is highly recommended.

Our endodontic specialist Dr. Steve J. Reisman received special training in order to perform intricate endodontic procedures. He is skilled in the latest technologies and techniques. This ensures our patients that they are receiving excellent dental care from highly skilled professionals.

When Do I Need Endodontic Treatment?

Internal decay can be hard to detect and it can actually take many years to show any symptoms. When symptoms do appear, it may indicate that the infection has already spread beyond the root. Usually, if the infection is detected early, less invasive treatment solutions can be applied to treat the tooth. However, if the symptoms are unbearable, endodontic treatment is necessary.

The signs and symptoms of endodontic problems include:

  • Extreme pain in the gums
  • Swelling and throbbing of the gums
  • Difficulty eating due to pain
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold foods and even to air that enters the mouth
  • A single discolored tooth where all the symptoms are isolated
  • Inflammation of lymph nodes near the affected tooth

If these symptoms are present, the tooth roots need to be disinfected through root canal therapy.

Situations that Call for Endodontic Treatment

You will need endodontic treatment when:

  1. Your tooth roots are infected. Tooth roots may become infected if there is superficial decay that has worsened over time. A large cavity can expose the internal tooth tissues and make them susceptible to infection. Eventually, the infection may reach the tooth roots.
  2. Your tooth has a large fracture. When your tooth gets damaged, the internal parts may become exposed and this will allow bacteria to enter the root canal. Before the fractured tooth can be restored with a crown or other prosthetic, you will need to undergo endodontic treatment to remove the infected pulp and root.
  3. Your tooth received blunt force trauma. Trauma to the tooth can damage the internal tissues without necessarily causing problems on the external parts. When this happens, it’s harder to diagnose the problem since it’s isolated inside the tooth root. The only way to detect it is through X-ray imaging. If not treated promptly, trauma to the roots can cause tooth resorption.
  4. Your tooth was knocked out. Also known as tooth avulsion, the complete removal of the tooth from its socket can cause extreme pain and bleeding. The internal tissues of the tooth may become damaged, but if you get emergency treatment, the tooth may still be able to be placed back into its socket and the tissues may possibly regrow.

Root Canal Therapy in South Jersey

The Root Canal Procedure

A typical root canal procedure may take one to three dental appointments to be completed. The first phase of treatment is examination, where our dentists examine your teeth and take X-ray images for diagnostic purposes. Once root canal therapy is the confirmed method of treatment, your tooth will be prepared.

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A local anesthetic will be applied on the gums to numb the tooth and a dental dam or protective covering will be placed around the tooth to prevent contamination by saliva and other bacteria in the mouth during the procedure. Then, the top of the tooth will be drilled out to provide access to the root canals. Root canal files will be used to clean the roots thoroughly.

Once all signs of infection have been removed, the roots will be sterilized and filled with gutta percha and the interior of the remaining healthy tooth material will be filled with composite resin. If a new crown is needed, it will be fabricated in our office using CEREC 3D system. You can get your restorative crown on the same day your root canals were filled.

After a few weeks, you will be called in for a follow-up to see how your tooth is responding to the treatment. If there’s anything unusual with your treated tooth, our dentists will identify it and suggest the proper treatment. If your tooth is healing properly, you will be advised to return every six months for regular examination and cleaning.

How to Get Endodontic Treatment in South Jersey

The best endodontists in South Jersey are always at your service. At Dental Arts of South Jersey, we make sure every patient is treated properly. If you need endodontic treatment, our expert dentists will make the final recommendation to ensure that the treatment is appropriate for your dental condition.

To get professional advice and care from our experienced dentists, just call us at (856) 942-1738 or schedule an appointment through our online request form.

It’s important to recognize the signs of unhealthy teeth. Getting immediate treatment will not only reduce your overall dental expenses, but also increase the chances of being able to save your tooth from extraction.


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