You can learn more about our root canal therapy procedure in Haledon and Caldwell, New Jersey, with the information provided below. If you have any questions, please contact Belmont Dental Associates at Haledon 973-790-4494 Caldwell 862-702-3797 and arrange your visit with Drs. Lembo and Jaffin.

What is a root canal?

A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed – well over 14 million every year. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.

At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.

How is a root canal performed?

If you experience any of the above symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed, and the root system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits, depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases. If your tooth is not is suitable for endodontic treatment, or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation, or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment. We use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. In addition, we will provide nitrous oxide if requested. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.

What happens after treatment?

When your root canal therapy has been completed, a record of your treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist. You should contact their office for a follow-up restoration within a few weeks of your appointment at our office. Your restorative dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur, however, let our office know right away. To prevent further decay, continue to practice good dental hygiene.

How much will it cost?

The cost associated with this procedure can vary, depending on factors such as the severity of damage to the affected tooth, and the tooth that is being treated. In general, endodontic treatment is much less expensive than removal and replacement.