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Millburn Office: (973) 376-5155

Florham Park Office: (973) 966-1200

Root Canal (Endodontics)

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A root canal procedure is performed when the soft tissue—also known as the pulp—inside of the tooth becomes inflamed or infected. When the pulp becomes infected, it is usually caused by an untreated deep cavity or tooth fracture. Damaged or dead pulp causes blood flow and cellular activity to flow towards the infected area, which ultimately causes pain. Most patients in need of a root canal experience pain when biting down, chewing, and/or ingesting hot or cold foods and drinks.

The goal of a root canal procedure is to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed—this is a much better alternative than extracting the tooth. Tooth extractions may seem like a simpler solution on paper, but the void left behind by the extracted tooth needs to be filled otherwise teeth can shift. It is much easier to save an existing tooth than it is to add a dental implant or bridge.

During a root canal procedure, your dentist will save the dead or damaged pulp in the tooth by cleaning out the diseased pulp and reshaping the canal. He or she will then fill the canal with a substance called gutta-percha to prevent recontamination of the tooth. Finally, they will seal the tooth and you can return to normal chewing activities almost immediately following the procedure. Depending on the severity of your condition, most root canals can be performed in one office-visit.

Florham Park Office

256 Columbia Turnpike, Suite 203
Florham Park, NJ 07932
 (973) 966-1200
 (973) 966-1200

Office Hours

Monday: 8:30am 6:30pm
Wednesday: 8:00am 5:00pm
Friday: 9:00am 11:45am

Millburn Office

116 Millburn Avenue, Suite 211
Millburn, NJ 07041
 (973) 376-5155
 (973) 376-5003

Office Hours

Tuesday: 8:30am 12:00pm
Thursday: 8:30am 5:00pm