Millions of Americans undergo root canals each year to preserve their permanent teeth and prevent extractions. At Glow Dental, cosmetic and family dentist Jihye Park, DDS, specializes in performing root canal therapy. Dr. Park offers sedation with nitrous oxide, ensuring the process is comfortable, relaxing, and pain-free. To make an appointment today, call the office in Closter, New Jersey, or book online.
A root canal is a dental procedure designed to save an infected permanent tooth.
During treatment, Dr. Park uses special tools to remove the infected pulp from the center of your tooth. Pulp contains nerves and blood vessels. It’s soft and helps you feel sensations but isn’t required for a tooth’s survival. Removing the pulp from your tooth stops the infection from spreading, prevents pain, and restores your chewing and biting abilities.
At Glow Dental, Dr. Park uses root canals to treat infected or damaged tooth pulp caused by:
If you develop symptoms such as swelling, sensitivity, or a sensation of heat in your gums, contact Glow Dental immediately.
At Glow Dental, root canals take two visits spaced about a week apart.
Dr. Park reviews your dental records, orders digital X-rays, and completes an oral exam. If you have infected tooth pulp, she numbs your mouth with a local anesthetic and uses special tools to remove the pulp from the center of your tooth.
Dr. Park cleans your tooth out with an antiseptic solution and fills it with a material called gutta-percha. She then takes impressions of your tooth and covers it with a temporary crown. Dr. Park sends your impressions to a dental lab that manufactures a custom dental crown.
A week later, when your permanent crown is ready, you return to Glow Dental. Dr. Park numbs your mouth with a local anesthetic and replaces your temporary crown with the permanent one. She then polishes your teeth and explains how to care for your crown.
After a root canal, you may experience swelling, increased tooth sensitivity, and mild bleeding. Take your medication as prescribed, get plenty of rest, and stay hydrated.
During the first few days of recovery, eat a soft diet and avoid biting down on your treated tooth. You should be able to return to normal foods within a week.
To learn more about root canals, call Glow Dental today, or click the online booking feature.