What have you heard about root canal therapy? You’ve probably heard more than a few comments about this procedure being a painful and barely endurable ordeal. Unfortunately, many people believe these rumors, and as a result, often avoid crucial dental treatment. A root canal is a safe and comfortable procedure that restores an infected or abscessed tooth to full function and appearance. In today’s blog, your Livingston dentists, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom, answer common questions about root canal therapy.


FAQs About Root Canal Therapy

Question: What is root canal therapy?

Answer: When a tooth becomes abscessed, root canal therapy allows your Livingston general dentists to remove the infected tissue from the tooth’s root canals.

Question: Why is root canal therapy necessary?

Answer: Once the bundle of soft tissue in the roots, known as pulp, becomes infected, a dental abscess begins. If left untreated, the pulp can die, killing the tooth. Your tooth will need to be extracted to prevent the infection from spreading.

Question: How does a tooth become infected?

Answer: Once a cavity develops, the decay will continue to spread throughout the tooth. Eventually, the decay-causing bacteria reach the pulp and causes infection.

Question: What are the symptoms of an abscessed tooth?

Answer: Common symptoms include: Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, bad breath, swelling around the tooth, and toothaches, intense pain when biting down or chewing.

Question: Following root canal therapy, will my tooth look normal?

Answer: Yes. After removing the infected tissue, your tooth will be capped with a porcelain dental crown. Porcelain mimics the translucent qualities of tooth enamel, so your crown will look and act like a natural tooth.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Livingston General Dentists

Do you exhibit one or more symptoms of an infected tooth? For a diagnosis and to discuss treatment options, contact yourLivingston general dentists today. Drs. David and Gary Silverstrom offer the latest in general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to transform smiles. Contact The Silverstrom Group in Livingston, New Jersey by calling (973) 797-9345. The Silverstrom Group is located at 580 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston, New Jersey.