A root canal is a normal procedure that is often used to save a severely decayed tooth rather than resorting to a tooth extraction. During the root canal procedure, the pulp (the inside portion of the tooth which contains nerves, blood vessels, and soft tissue) is removed, and the remaining space is filled with a special type of dental filling. The affected tooth is then covered with a dental crown, which is made to restore the look and strength of your tooth.

Reasons for Root Canals

Our Union City, NJ dentist might need a root canal procedure if:

  • Your tooth has been injured in a way that exposes the inside of your tooth
  • A severe cavity has been untreated, and the decay has reached the pulp
  • The center of your tooth has become inflamed or infected

Root Canal Procedure

You may require two visits to complete your root canal procedure. During the first visit, our dentist will numb the area using a local anesthetic. He or she will then drill into the tooth to reach the infected pulp. If the tooth has been damaged, broken areas will be removed at this time. Your Union City dentist will then remove the infected pulp and fill the open area with a rubbery material. He or she will place a temporary filling in the area and will take an impression of your mouth so that your custom crown can be made.

Once the crown has been made, usually a few weeks later, you can return for your second visit and the permanent crown will be fixed into place.

If you’d like to schedule an appointment for a root canal procedure, give our office in Union City, NJ a call today!

Hudson Family Dental

Dr. Jasmeet Khurana

Dr. Jasmeet Khurana received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from New York University’s College of Dentistry. She is licensed in both New York and New Jersey, and is a member of the American Dental Association and the New Jersey Dental Association.

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