Preventive, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry

All about root canals in Hackettstown

At Vander Vliet Advanced Dental Care, we are committed to helping our patients find relief from painful tooth infections through safe and effective root canal treatments. Dr. Vander Vliet understands the unique needs of each individual patient, and we take the time to carefully evaluate your situation before recommending a treatment plan. Whether you live in Hackettstown or one of the surrounding communities, we can help you get back on the path to good oral health with fast and efficient root canals.
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Preventive, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry

All about root canals in Hackettstown

At Vander Vliet Advanced Dental Care, we are committed to helping our patients find relief from painful tooth infections through safe and effective root canal treatments. Dr. Vander Vliet understands the unique needs of each individual patient, and we take the time to carefully evaluate your situation before recommending a treatment plan. Whether you live in Hackettstown or one of the surrounding communities, we can help you get back on the path to good oral health with fast and efficient root canals.
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A deeper look at root canals

At our office, we offer a range of services, including root canals to help reduce pain and repair damaged teeth. Root canals are often recommended by dentists as a way to address issues like cavities, tooth decay, and oral infections.

First, let’s look at the make-up of a tooth:

All teeth have a soft area in the center, called the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue, which help grow the root during development. Once the tooth is fully grown, the pulp is no longer necessary. When there is damage to or infection of the pulp, that can sometimes require a root canal.

What causes damage to the pulp?

There are several things that can cause damage to the pulp, including:

  • sDeep decay
  • sRepeated dental procedures on a tooth
  • sA crack or chip in the tooth
  • sTrauma to the tooth

What are the symptoms of damaged pulp?

If the pulp becomes damaged, it can become infected. Infected pulp is very painful and can cause serious health problems. Symptoms of damaged or infected pulp include:
  • sSevere toothache
  • sSensitivity to hot and cold
  • sSwelling
  • sTenderness

What to expect with a root canal

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you have likely made an appointment to come see us here at Vander Vliet Advanced Dental Care. Once you are here with us, the dentist will begin by performing a visual inspection of the tooth. It is also like that the dentist will take x-rays of the affected area to see how deep the damage goes. If, after all of this, it has been determined that you need a root canal, there are several steps that will take place.

01

The first step

First, the dentist will numb the area around the tooth to be treated.

02

Drilling

Then, a small hole will be drilled in the tooth to access the infected pulp.

03

Final step

The infected pulp will be removed and the inside of the tooth will be cleaned and sealed.

Aftercare of a root canal

Once the root canal procedure is complete, it is important to take care of the tooth. Depending on the severity of the infection, the dentist may recommend antibiotics. You may also feel tender after a root canal, warm salt water rinses can help with this.
  • NBrushing and flossing regularly
  • NEating soft foods
  • NAvoiding chewing on hard objects
  • NVisiting the dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings
A tooth that has had a root canal no longer has blood supply going to the tooth and can become brittle and break. It is important to follow your dentist’s recommendation to restore the tooth with a filling or post and core or crown for support.

Frequlently Asked Questions

FAQ

Will a root canal hurt?

Root canals are not painful. You may feel some pressure during the procedure, but you will be numbed so you should not feel any pain.
FAQ

How long does a root canal take?

A root canal usually takes about an hour to complete.
FAQ

How much does a root canal cost?

The cost of a root canal will vary depending whether or not you have dental insurance. But our front desk team would be happy to help you determine what your out-of-pocket cost would be!
FAQ

Are root canals dangerous?

Root canals are not dangerous. In fact, they are actually quite common. More than 15 million root canals are performed each year.
FAQ

Do I need a root canal?

Only a dentist can determine if you need a root canal. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, make an appointment to come see us.

If you have any questions or concerns about root canals, please do not hesitate to contact us here at Vander Vliet Advanced Dental Care. We are always happy to help!

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486 Schooley’s Mountain Road;
Hackettstown, New Jersey 07840

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