Root CanalAn Overview
If you have an infected tooth, cracked tooth or tooth pain, you may require a root canal procedure. We are fortunate to have Endodontist Dr. Larisa Strelkov in our Pennington dental office for advanced endodontic treatment and root canal therapy.
Endodontics is one of nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. An Endodontist must complete an additional two years of special training beyond general dentistry education. While an endodontist focuses mainly on root canals, other treatment may include endodontic surgery to repair of cracked teeth, blocked canals and other complications.
Technically, the root canal is the area inside of the tooth that contains the tooth pulp including nerves and other sensitive tissue. More generally, a root canal is used to refer to a root canal procedure where the tooth is treated for disease or decay.
Root Canal Symptoms
While you may not experience any root canal symptoms, many people often experience the following symptoms which can indicate the need for a root canal procedure:
- Severe toothache or tooth pain, particularly when chewing or biting
- Prolonged tooth sensitivity, especially to hot or cold foods and drinks
- Discoloration of the tooth (darkening)
- Soreness or tenderness to the gums surrounding the affected tooth
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Root Canal What to Expect
We specialize in root canal procedures. Endodontist Dr. Larisa Strelkov strives to deliver treatment that is gentle yet effective. Our goal is to remove infected tissue from the inside of the tooth and then fill the tooth to prevent further infection.
The endodontist will drill a small hole into the tooth, allowing access to the tooth pulp. The infected tissue and damaged nerve will be removed and the root canal will be thoroughly cleaned and polished. If there is infection, antibiotics may be prescribed and the tooth will be temporarily sealed until the infection has healed.
Once the infection is clear and the root canal is free of debris, it will be filled with a bio-compatible rubber compound called gutta percha. The tooth will then be covered either by a dental filling or dental crown to add strength and protect it from future damage.