Pulp is the soft tissue in the center of a tooth where the blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues are located. If the pulp becomes diseased or inflamed, Dr. Jorge Bastidas may recommend a root canal in Paterson, New Jersey. During root canal treatment, the pulp chamber and root canals of the tooth are cleaned out and sealed. The following symptoms are signs that a root canal is needed:
- Severe toothache
- Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Darkening of a tooth
- Swelling and tenderness in the gums
- A persistent pimple on the gums
Before performing a root canal, our dentist will take an X-ray to see the shape of the root canals and check for signs of infection in the surrounding bone. Our dentist will then make an access hole in the tooth. The pulp is removed through the access hole, and the tooth is cleaned out to remove all signs of infection. A sealer paste and rubber compound are placed into the root canal, and a filling is placed to close the access hole. In some cases, a dental crown will also be placed to support the tooth and restore its structure.
We welcome you to contact Comfort Dental Care to learn more and to schedule an appointment.