Dr. Joseph Olechowski is an experienced dentist who can perform root canal treatment at his Totowa, NJ, dental practice. This procedure, also known as endodontic therapy or simply a root canal, can save teeth that have been compromised by infection or other damage. To complete the treatment, he or Dr. Ryan Maher can place a custom-made dental crown to restore the look and function of your tooth. At Perfect Smiles, LLC, we use very gentle techniques, so our root canals involve negligible discomfort. Although sedation is available, most patients find that they do not need it, and that they remain relaxed throughout the procedure.
When Do We Recommend Root Canals?
Most frequently, Dr. Olechowski performs root canals to treat dental infection since endodontic therapy is the only way to save these teeth. Infection is the result of unchecked oral bacteria, which can spread from the outer layers of your tooth to the soft pulp in the very center. From there, it can travel along the nerves that run through your root canals. A dental infection often produces noticeable side effects, such as:
- A pronounced toothache, which will often grow worse when you bite down or drink cold beverages
- Chronic bad breath
- Gum abscesses
- Internal discoloration
- Ear pain
- Facial swelling
If you experience any of these symptoms, we will take x-rays to look for an infection. However, in some cases, infection can develop without any symptoms. It is important to schedule routine exams so that we can check for infection before it completely destroys your tooth.
Although sedation is available, most patients find that they do not need it, and they can remain relaxed throughout the procedure.
Occasionally, we will also recommend root canal therapy for a cracked tooth. These fractures may be fairly large but cannot extend past the gumline or to the root itself.
The Root Canal Procedure
To begin treatment, Dr. Olechowski will isolate your tooth and administer local anesthesia, so you should feel little to nothing. We know that many patients feel nervous at the thought of a root canal, and we offer sedation to reduce anxiety. However, these medications are not necessary for a comfortable procedure.
Once you are relaxed, Dr. Olechowski will remove bacteria and infected tissue through a small opening in your tooth. He will also clean out your root canals and smooth these areas. Then he will fill both your tooth and root canals with gutta percha. This soft, rubbery substance will seal your tooth to prevent future infection.
Dr. Olechowski will then reshape the crown portion of your tooth and take impressions. This whole process will usually take between 20 minutes and an hour. Using the molds of your tooth, our partner lab can create a porcelain crown that looks and feels remarkably realistic. It will typically take two weeks to complete your crown. During this time, we will provide a temporary restoration, and your dentist will securely attach the permanent crown when it is finished.
Why is Root Canal Treatment Important?
If you are suffering from a dental infection, a root canal is vital to your oral health. When you do not receive timely treatment, the bacteria will spread. Eventually, you will require extraction and extensive restorative treatment. Not only will untreated infection destroy your tooth, but the microbes could also move to your other teeth and even to your jawbone. In rare cases, bacteria could enter your bloodstream, causing serious health problems and threatening your overall health.
Root canal treatment can eliminate infection before it causes even more extensive damage. Further, the filling and crown will strengthen your tooth and restore its full function. Although you may notice some slight sensitivity after the procedure, it will fade very quickly, and you will be able to eat normally in just a few days.
Find Relief Today
Do not delay treatment if you are suffering from the symptoms of a dental infection. Contact our office online today to book an appointment or call us at (973) 339-9711.