Root Canal Treatment in Whitehouse Station, NJ

Restore Your Dental Health

If you have severe tooth pain or discomfort, especially when you eat, drink, or brush, you may have a tooth infection. When a tooth’s root becomes infected, most often as a result of gum disease or cavities that are ignored for too long, a root canal may be the only option to restore the tooth before extraction is necessary. 

At Lasting Smiles of Whitehouse Station, we offer root canal treatment to save your tooth from extraction. We’re committed to bringing our patients the highest quality procedures to restore your dental health in Hunterdon County, NJ, and the surrounding area including Tweksbury and Lebanon, NJ. Read on to learn more about root canal treatment. 

What Is Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment is a restorative procedure used to save a severely infected tooth. Tooth infections often develop due to untreated cavities, which allows bacteria to reach the pulp chamber, the central layer of the tooth. The chamber contains sensitive nerve endings that cause severe pain once infected, and endanger the entire tooth.

If the infected pulp isn’t removed, pain and swelling in the mouth and jawbone, as well as other oral health issues can result. Delaying proper treatment usually makes extraction necessary. With root canal treatment, Dr. Gulino can safely and precisely remove the infected pulp to preserve your tooth and save your oral health. 

Benefits of Root Canal Treatment

Undergoing root canal treatment offers a variety of benefits for both your oral and overall health. Benefits include:

  • Enhanced oral health
  • Protects overall health
  • Prevents infection from returning
  • Preserves your natural tooth

Signs & Symptoms of Tooth Infection

There are many symptoms and causes of a tooth infection which should never be ignored. Common signs to look out for include:

  • Cracked, chipped, or damaged teeth
  • Severe tooth pain, throbbing, or discomfort
  • Difficulty eating, drinking or brushing your teeth
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks

If you’re experiencing any of the above, call our Whitehouse Station, NJ office at (908) 534-4001 to schedule an appointment.

Root Canal Process

Initial Consultation

During your initial consultation, your dentist will discuss the procedure and answer any questions you may have. An average root canal procedure can take around one to three hours. We’ll also do a quick follow-up appointment the next week to install the permanent crown.

Root Canal Procedure

Before your procedure, your dentist will thoroughly clean your mouth. From there, your dentist will numb the affected area, first with a topical numbing agent, then with a local anesthetic. Once the area is numbed, we’ll begin the procedure. 

Your dentist will clean the decayed portions of the tooth, similar to a dental filling procedure. Then, they’ll use specialized instruments to carefully and safely clean the roots of the tooth. 

Once the inside of the tooth is clean, your dentist will prepare the remaining tooth to be fitted with a temporary crown. You’ll wear your temporary crown while the permanent one is being made. Our friendly staff will schedule your follow-up appointment before sending you on your way, healthy and pain-free!

Frequently Asked Questions

Does root canal treatment hurt?

No! Root canal treatment is practically painless. Your dentist will apply a numbing agent and a local anesthetic before your treatment. Following treatment, once the anesthetic wears off, you can expect some mild soreness of the tooth and your gums. To ease the soreness and discomfort, take over-the-counter medication and use cold compresses. 

You should be able to return to normal activity the next day. If you continue to experience pain or discomfort, contact our Whitehouse Station, NJ office at (908) 534-4001 to schedule an appointment.

Can my dental insurance cover the root canal treatment cost?

The cost of the root canal procedure will depend on certain factors like how many teeth need treatment and your insurance coverage plan. Most insurance companies should cover a portion of the root canal treatment cost. We recommend speaking to your insurance provider to gain a better understanding of your policy and coverage. 

If your coverage isn’t enough, we offer CareCredit to ease your financial stress. If you have any questions about CareCredit, contact our Whitehouse Station, NJ office at (908) 534-4001 and one of our helpful members will be able to assist you.

Save Your Smile Today!

Dealing with tooth pain can affect how you perform basic functions like eating and speaking. At Lasting Smiles of Whitehouse Station, our dental team offers root canal treatment to save your tooth before extraction is needed. If you’re looking for a restorative dentist in the surrounding Tewksbury, Branchburg, and Lebanon, NJ, our Whitehouse Station dental team can help.

Call our Whitehouse Station, NJ office at (908) 534-4001 to schedule an appointment. You can also request an appointment by clicking the button below. We hope to see you soon.

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