Endodontics

While we typically only see the outer layer of healthy teeth, each tooth comprises multiple layers of tissue that perform specialized functions. Endodontics refers to the dental specialty that concentrates on treating the soft tissues inside the tooth (the dental pulp). At Dr. Yeh and Associates, our endodontic specialists save teeth through endodontic treatment, such as root canal therapy. 

Contrary to Common Belief, Root Canals Should Not Hurt

A top question among endodontics patients is, “do root canals hurt?” While one might suffer from root canal pain leading to the procedure, the procedure should cause pain relief (instead of discomfort). Before starting endodontic treatment, we use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort during root canal treatment.

Do you feel nervous about the treatment, have a severe gag reflex, or have trouble fidgeting when seated for extended periods? Then, our team can offer nitrous oxide or oral to help you relax throughout your root canal. 

Procedure

Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal of a tooth, becomes inflamed or infected. Root canals are straightforward. During this procedure, the infected pulp is removed, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Our endodontic specialist can place a temporary crown to strengthen the dental structure if necessary.

Immediately after root canal therapy, we suggest taking special care of your smile. This includes avoiding hard and chewy foods, taking medications as directed, and maintaining excellent oral hygiene.

Furthermore, we suggest scheduling a follow-up visit within a few weeks of completion at our office. We can monitor root canal recovery and place a final dental crown at this visit. 

Need More Information about Endodontics and Root Canals near Bloomfield, NJ? 

Root canals are one of the most popular and least expensive endodontic treatments. Are you’re looking for a root canal specialist near Verona, Bloomfield, or surrounding areas, look no further. Book your next dental appointment at Dr. Yeh and Associates by calling (973) 338-9595 or messaging us online.

Additionally, feel free to read through our frequently asked questions about endodontic therapy (and make sure to write and down and bring your other questions to your next dental appointment at our Bloomfield, NJ, dental office): 

1. When do you need a root canal?

Typically, we suggest root canals for those that have infected tooth pulp. Some signs that you’re suffering from a root canal infection include the following:

  •         Discomfort, tenderness to the touch, and sharp pain while chewing
  •         Sensitivity to temperature
  •         Dental discoloration
  •         Swollen or tender lymph nodes and gums 

2. How much does a root canal cost?

Root canal costs are determined by the extent of treatment required and where the affected tooth is in the mouth. For instance, more extensive decay and molars are more complicated to treat, so they are generally more expensive than other teeth.

Most dental insurance companies cover some or all costs of root canal therapy, so please reach out to your insurance provider to learn more about your exact coverage.