A root canal infection is a serious dental emergency that can lead to life-threatening complications if it is not immediately treated. Our doctors excel in root canals and other complex procedures. If you are experiencing the sudden onset of oral pain, our office will treat your symptoms as a dental emergency. Once your infection has been treated through safe and comfortable root canal therapy, you can enjoy restored oral health, cessation of pain, and retention of your natural tooth.
Root Canal Infection: Causes and Symptoms
A root canal infection results from an infection that reaches the sensitive inner bundle of tissue, nerves, and blood vessels that form the tooth’s pulp. Often, bacteria reaches this area through an advanced cavity or a loose filling. This is one reason why twice-a-year visits to our office for cleanings and exams are so important. Often, a root canal infection can be prevented through good oral hygiene habits and regular visits to the dentist.
The leading symptom of root canal infection is severe pain. Infected tissue within your tooth will likely swell as a reaction to the bacterial invasion. As the tissue swells, it puts pressure on the nerves within the tooth. While some patients may think of root canal treatments as painful, in reality, the treatment relieves pain and discomfort. Other symptoms include swelling along the gums, visible abscess, tooth discoloration, and heightened sensitivity.
If you are experiencing oral pain, one of our doctors can quickly diagnose the presence of a root canal infection. Our office offers advanced imaging technology.
Once a root canal infection has been diagnosed, your treatment will begin immediately. The first step our doctors will take is to ensure that you are comfortable throughout your treatment. Our office offers nitrous oxide and oral sedation options that allow you to relax in a twilight state throughout your treatment. Local anesthesia will be used to ensure that your tooth and surrounding gum tissue are completely numb before your treatment begins.
Once you are relaxed and comfortable, a small hole will be drilled to allow one of our doctors to reach the infected tissue within your tooth. A special tool will be used to remove infected tissue. Our office uses advanced technology that can remove the infection through a conservative procedure that allows for faster recovery.
Once your tooth has been cleaned and sanitized, a special material will be used to fill the cleaned cavity, and a restoration (typically an inlay, onlay, or crown) will be placed to seal your tooth and prevent the return of infection. Patients should rest for the remainder of the day following their root canal. Full recovery typically takes a few days. You will be given recovery guidelines that are to be followed closely.
Many patients seek the expert care of our doctors due to their many years of experience and advanced training. Dr. Jong Wook Park underwent advanced training in prosthodontics at Columbia University and has served as a clinical professor at his alma mater in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Anatomy.
Dr. Kartik Antani graduated from Rutgers School of Dental Medicine and subsequently completed a one year hospital-based general practice residency. Winning the coveted New York Academy of Dentistry Ethics Award has been one of the highlights of his career.
Schedule Your Root Canal Treatment Today
All of our treatments are performed with your comfort in mind. The sooner we can treat your advanced infection, the more likely you are to enjoy optimal oral health outcomes. For emergencies, we offer our patients a cell phone number on the weekends, and we also respond to Facebook and Google messages almost immediately. Call our office at (505) 323-7700.