Root Canal Specialist

Smiling Molar Dental -  - Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

Smiling Molar Dental

Cosmetic & Family Dentistry located in Plainfield, NJ

If you have tooth pain or gum swelling, it could be the sign of severe decay or an infected tooth. At Smiling Molar Dental, with two locations in Rahway and Plainfield, New Jersey, board-certified cosmetic dentist Dr. Neetu Bhanushali, DMD, and her experienced team offer root canal treatment to save your tooth from falling out or needing extraction. Call the Smiling Molar Dental office at the first sign of tooth decay or book an appointment online today.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a restorative dental procedure in which your Smiling Molar Dental provider cleans out the inside of a decaying or infected tooth, or its pulp, to save the tooth. If dental decay or infection progresses, it can cause your tooth to fall out or need extraction (surgical removal of the tooth).

What are signs I might need a root canal?

If you experience the following signs or symptoms, you may need a root canal to restore your tooth:

  • Tooth discoloration
  • Tooth pain
  • Hot or cold sensitivity
  • Loose permanent tooth
  • Gum or facial swelling
  • Pus near your gumline 

The sooner you seek treatment for a decaying or infected tooth, the better chance your dentist has of saving the tooth.

Is a root canal right for me?

To find out if a root canal is the right treatment for you, Smiling Molar Dental specialists review your oral health history, ask about your symptoms, take dental X-rays, and examine your teeth and gums. 

If you have minor tooth decay, they may recommend a filling or crown in place of a root canal. In the case of very severe tooth trauma, decay, or infection, you may need extraction. 

What happens during root canal treatment?

During the first step of root canal treatment, your Smiling Molar Dental provider numbs the affected area to eliminate discomfort. Your dentist makes a tiny hole in the top of your tooth to gain access to its inner pulp. 

They clean out decay and bacteria, disinfect the empty space, fill the inside of the treated tooth with dental materials, and seal your tooth shut. You might receive a crown that fits over the top of your tooth to protect it, strengthen it, and prevent problems. 

What should I expect after the procedure?

After getting a root canal, your tooth might feel a little sensitive, but this is temporary. You can take over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce discomfort if your dentist recommends it. 

Keep your newly restored tooth clean by brushing your teeth after meals, flossing daily, and seeing the Smiling Molar Dental team every six months for cleanings and exams. Avoid chewing on ice and other hard objects. 

At the first sign of tooth discoloration, pain, or swelling, call the Smiling Molar Dental office to schedule an appointment or book one online today to find out if you need a root canal.