Root Canals in Rockaway, NJ
It’s no secret that root canal treatment has a pretty bad reputation. In spite of all the jokes to the contrary, however, root canal treatment today isn’t much more complicated than having a tooth filled.
Your anxiety is understandable, but having a dental team who cares about your concerns can make all the difference in the world. Our team’s efficient and GENTLE approach ensures that a root canal at our Rockaway dental office will be the most comfortable you’ve ever experienced.
Experienced, Compassionate Care
According to the American Association of Endodontists, more than 15 million root canals are performed every year (that’s 41,000 a day!). All this experience has provided us with a wealth of information about how to make your root canal treatment more comfortable and efficient.
Dr. Kao has been practicing dentistry for nearly 15 years, and he’s performed hundreds of stress-free root canals. Our team has assisted in many root canal procedures, and we are sympathetic to your concerns. We’ll do everything we can to make sure that you’re completely comfortable during and after your treatment.
Reasons for Root Canal Treatment
Your tooth is made up of an outer layer of dental enamel, a hard layer beneath the enamel called dentin, and a soft tissue under the dentin called pulp. Pulp contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue and helps grow the root of your tooth during development.
Root canals treat the inside of the tooth when the pulp becomes infected. This can be the result of severe decay, periodontal disease, a crack or chip in the tooth, or a crown that fails.
When this occurs, Dr. Kao gently clears away any damaged tissue, then carefully cleans and seals the tooth. We may just need to fill the tooth after root canal treatment, but in most cases, we’ll recommend a dental crown to protect and strengthen the tooth.
Root Canals Save Teeth
If inflammation or infection of the pulp isn’t treated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess. The pain will continue and increase, and we may need to remove the tooth to provide relief.
During root canal treatment, Dr. Kao removes inflamed pulp, then carefully cleans, disinfects, and seals the opening. In most cases, we’ll recommend a dental crown to further protect and strengthen the tooth. After restoration, your tooth will function just like any other tooth.
Help for Our Anxious Patients
We make every effort to keep you comfortable during your root canal. Our team understands that years of conditioning have probably left you with a pretty low opinion of root canals.
Aside from our GENTLE approach, we offer nitrous oxide sedation to help keep you calm during your procedure. You can just sit back and relax while we restore your tooth to perfect health. If you experience intense anxiety about dental visits, we can make arrangements for a certified specialist to provide IV sedation at our Rockaway dental office.
Please Contact Our Office
We would love to show you the difference that the support of a friendly team of professionals can make when it comes to your root canal treatment. If you suspect you need a root canal, please don’t delay treatment. We always reserve time in our schedule for emergencies so you can relax, knowing that the care you need is just a phone call away.