Howard Cetel, DDS
Family Dentist & General Dentist located in Washington Township, Sewell, NJ
If you’ve noticed unusual swelling or sensitivity to temperature in your tooth or gums, you may have an infection that requires a root canal. At his practice in Washington Township of Sewell, New Jersey, Howard Cetel, DDS, is proud to provide his patients with a comfortable and supportive environment during their root canal procedures. Call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Cetel today.
Root Canal Q & A
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a procedure to repair and save a badly infected or damaged tooth. Root canals involve removing the damaged or contaminated pulp inside your tooth.
The pulp is soft tissue made up of nerve fibers, veins, and connective tissues that rest below the enamel and dentin that comprise the hard structure of your tooth.
How do I know if I need a root canal?
When the section of your tooth below the gum develops a cavity — through a crack, decay, or other cause — that cavity fills with harmful bacteria. This bacteria will continue to infect the tooth root.
When the pulp becomes infected, it often needs to be removed to stop the infection from spreading and prevent the need for a tooth extraction.
Dr. Cetel provides full dental exams for determining whether you need a root canal, and you should discuss any pain or discomfort with him. Symptoms to look out for include:
- Mild or severe tooth pain that can sometimes radiate to your jawbone and neck
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Pain or sensitivity when biting or chewing
- Swelling in your face
How is a root canal performed?
During the root canal procedure, Dr. Cetel drills a small hole to access the interior of your tooth. Using small, precise tools, he removes the pulp and cleans and disinfects the inside of your tooth. He then fills and seals the tooth with a material called gutta percha.
You’ll need to return for a second appointment for a permanent crown replacement to restore your tooth fully.
How long does it take to recover from a root canal?
You can usually get back to your regular schedule immediately after a root canal treatment. You will continue to feel some tenderness in the area for a few days. You also may experience slight jaw pain.
If you’re stressed about the possibility of needing a root canal, you can find comfort in the comprehensive care that Dr. Cetel and his staff provide. After your procedure, Dr. Cetel personally calls to ensure you’re healing correctly and provides any post-op care you may need.
If you’re experiencing pain or swelling in your tooth or gums, call or schedule an appointment online today.