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During this time we will try to service emergency patients only. Services such as loose crowns or chipped tooth (filling) will need to be postponed in an effort to minimize possible exposure.
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West Main Complete Dentistry

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Root Canals

How can we help you?

Patient education is an essential part of the services we provide at West Main Complete Dentistry. When you understand the impact that your oral health can have on your life, you’re more likely to be proactive about dental care. 

You're not meant to be an expert about dentistry, which is why we’re available to answer all your questions. The more information you have, the better prepared you are to make important decisions when the time comes. We've listed a few frequently asked questions here, but you are more than welcome to contact our office if you don't see your question answered or you want more information.

Root Canals

The most common and noticeable symptom of an infected tooth that requires root canal treatment is pain that steadily worsens over time. But not everyone who gets a tooth infection has symptoms, which is why seeing your Rockaway, NJ dentist every six months for dental exams is so critical.

Aside from an excruciating toothache, some signs that you might have a root canal infection are:

  • Intense, throbbing toothache that worsens over time
  • Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Pain near your ear, jaw, or neck on the same side as the affected tooth
  • A tender, discolored, or loose tooth
  • A raised white spot or “pimple” on your gums
  • Unpleasant taste in the mouth or bad breath
  • Redness or swelling in your face

If you notice any of these symptoms, call your root canal dentist in Rockaway as soon as possible. A root canal infection won’t go away without treatment and can even spread to other parts of your body and become life-threatening.

Even if you do need root canal therapy, you shouldn’t worry. Today the procedure is far more comfortable than it’s ever been before and will quickly relieve your toothache. Dr. Stephen Kao and our team practice gentle dentistry that includes calming sedation options like nitrous oxide and even IV sedation right here at our dental office. 

If you have a throbbing toothache or another symptom, call our Rockaway, NJ dental office, so we can get you on our schedule right away—probably the same day.

Root canals are one of the most misunderstood procedures in all of dentistry, even though they’re more comfortable now than ever before. Unfortunately, the long-held myth that root canals are painful persists, and it’s up to us to dispel any bad feelings you have about the procedure.

First, you should know that the reason we perform comfortable root canals in Rockaway, NJ is to save a dying tooth and relieve your pain. To do this, Dr. Kao goes inside the tooth to remove the infection that causes your pain. Once the infection is gone, he disinfects, fills, and seals the tooth. The final step is to let the tooth heal for about two weeks then place a dental crown to protect it.

Root canals really are a straightforward procedure, but we understand that you may have spent your entire life fearing them. For this reason, we offer nitrous oxide sedation during your root canal procedure in Rockaway, NJ.

Nitrous will help you feel very calm and minimize your awareness of what’s going on around you, but you will remain fully conscious. There are no drowsy side effects with nitrous, so you will be able to drive yourself home from your appointment safely.

Do you have more intense dental anxiety? Ask us about IV sedation provided right here at our comfortable dental office by a licensed and trained dental anesthesia team.

If you have a toothache, call us right away. Delaying treatment only allows the pain to worsen, and if you wait too long, we may have to remove the tooth. Get the root canal treatment you need by calling our Rockaway, NJ dental office today.

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