Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment can save an infected tooth from otherwise certain extraction—it’s a proven procedure that will leave your mouth healthy and strong while restoring its natural appearance.

Root Canal Treatment
in Washington, NJ

The last thing we want is to see a patient in pain. If your teeth are hurting you, that means something is wrong. The sooner you get treated, the faster you can feel normal again.

Root canal treatment is an essential part of our restorative dentistry. During this process, we:

  • Remove decay from your tooth
  • Remove infected tissue from inside your tooth
  • Refill your tooth with a special substance
  • Cap your tooth with a filling and/or dental crown

By providing root canals in Washington, NJ, we can save your tooth and prevent infection from spreading to other parts of your mouth. A root canal treatment could be the key to protecting your smile.

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  • How do I know if my root canal is infected?

    A patient with an infected root canal will almost certainly recognize something wrong. They will usually be in severe pain and will notice the following signs:

    • Severe and intense toothaches that won’t go away
    • Sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks
    • Swollen and tender lymph nodes
    • Recurring abscesses on the gums
  • What is a root canal?

    A root canal is a procedure used to save a tooth when the tissue, blood vessels, and nerves inside a tooth have become inflamed. The dentist has to remove infected and diseased tissue to save the tooth and remove the pain. Then, the infected area is cleaned, and the canal inside is medicated so the surrounding area can heal.

    Root Canal Symptoms

    A patient suffering from an infected root canal will almost certainly recognize something wrong. They will usually be in severe pain and will notice the following symptoms:

    • Severe and intense toothaches that won’t go away
    • Sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks
    • Swollen and tender lymph nodes
    • Recurring abscesses on the gums

    Generally, but not always, a crown must be placed after the root canal treatment is complete to protect the tooth from further damage.

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  • How much does a root canal cost?

    We aim to provide high-quality dental care at an affordable rate for our patients in Washington, NJ. Listed below is our office’s fee for an anterior root canal. Out-of-pocket costs for any procedure depend on your insurance coverage at the time of the procedure.

    Anterior Root Canal Cost: $799

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  • How is root canal treatment performed?

    Root canal treatment starts with digital X-rays to determine the extent of the damage. Then, generally, sedation is provided for comfort as the dentist accesses the tooth’s inner structure from the top. They carefully clean out an infectious material to leave the tooth as a hollowed-out structure. Then, an antimicrobial liquid flushes out the root canals down to the jawbone. The tooth is then treated with a medicated filling substance to offer support and strength and help the tooth heal promptly. To protect the tooth, a dental crown is placed over the structure to prevent fractures and breakages.

  • How long does the pain from a root canal last?

    There is a common misconception that root canals are very painful. The root canal procedure isn’t usually more painful than a tooth filling. Dentists typically provide an anesthetic before the procedure, so during and a short while after, there isn’t a huge amount of discomfort.

    After the procedure, some sensitivity and discomfort are common while the area around the root canal heals. Gums can become swollen or agitated during the procedure, resulting in mild pain or sensitivity. Pain and sensitivity should subside when the tooth is healed. After your treatment, your dentist will provide special instructions on caring for your newly treated tooth.

  • What are alternatives to root canal treatment?

    Most people facing root canal treatment are curious whether alternative procedures are worth considering. Since endodontic therapy is regarded as a “last line of defense” for restoring your tooth, the only remaining options are to have your tooth extracted or wait until you’re in pain and have it removed at a later date. Unfortunately, with either of these options, you risk the infection spreading more profoundly into your face or adjacent teeth. Getting a root canal is the best possible solution.

    If you opt to have your tooth extracted, there’s still the concern of replacing it as soon as possible. Otherwise, the extra space in your bite can throw off the alignment of your surrounding teeth. Two of the more common replacement options include a dental bridge or implant.

Questions About Root Canal Treatment?

Our goal is to provide quality, compassionate, and affordable dental care. Make your next appointment using our easy online scheduling tool, contact our office if you have any questions, or explore all of the dental services we provide.

Castle Family Dentistry

413 NJ-57
PO Box 272
Washington, NJ 07882
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Hours

Monday: 11am-7pm
Tuesday: 8am-5:00pm
Wednesday: 10am-7pm
Thursday: 9am-3pm
Friday: 8am-5:00pm

Phone

908-689-0911