Root Canal Therapy

Root canal is the natural cavity in the middle of any tooth. It is where the pulp, nerves, and the soft area of the tooth are present. If this area is infected, you may experience different symptoms, including change in the color of your teeth, swollen or tender gums, severe pain while biting, and extreme sensitivity. It’s a painful condition and requires immediate attention. It is important to know about root canal therapy and how it can help you bring your smile.

Root canal treatment is a procedure that aims to repair and save a severely damaged or infected tooth. This is done by removing the damaged center of the tooth, cleaning and disinfecting it, and finally filling and sealing it.

Advantages of Root Canal Therapy

Dr. Elizabeth Kilpatrick-Fox will recommend root canal treatment if your tooth is badly damaged, yet it can be salvaged to prevent the need for tooth extraction. In addition to ridding you from excruciating pain, this procedure offers the following benefits.

  • Better Oral Health – Tooth decay can allow the bacteria in your mouth to find its way into the pulp, which is where tiny blood vessels, roots and nerves are. This can result in sensitivity, pain, and the formation of small pockets of pus in the gum. The infection can further affect the gum line, cause swelling in the head, neck or face, and lead to bad breath.
  • Cost-effectiveness – Tooth extraction may be less expensive in comparison with root canal therapy, but removable and fixed prosthesis can cost a lot in the long-run. As you only need to pay for your root canal and crown, you will be spared from hefty medical bills.
  • Beautiful You and Healthy Smile – Since your tooth will not be removed, your teeth will not drift or shift. Not only will this protect your bite, it will also prevent the skin on top of your tooth from sagging. In addition to a youthful appearance, you will get a healthy smile that is free from gaps and discolored decaying teeth.

The Procedure for Root Canal Therapy

During your first visit, Dr. Fox will assess your oral health to be certain if root canal is the right option for you. She will then use an anesthetic to make you comfortable. If you do not prefer to be sedated, local anesthesia can be used to numb the affected area.

A small hole is then drilled on the top of your tooth. This provides an entrance to the inner chamber of the tooth. The infected pulp is then removed from the hole and cleaned afterwards to disinfect the space drilled out. Next, medication is added to the drilled cavity to prevent infection from spreading or recurring. Finally, a temporary filling is applied on the tooth until a permanent crown is placed during a later visit.

If you are in severe pain, do not waste another minute and get in touch with our skilled staff at Dr. Elizabeth Kilpatrick-Fox. Call at 856 467 1100 or visit us at 1507 Kings Highway Route 605, Swedesboro, NJ 08085.