Root Canal Specialist

Lisa M. Lynch DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Bergen County, Midland Park, NJ

Though it’s often portrayed as a frightening and painful procedure, a root canal is nothing to be afraid of. The procedure is actually a way to relieve pain from a severely infected tooth. At Lisa M. Lynch DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Midland Park, New Jersey, Lisa Lynch, DDS, provides safe and comfortable root canal therapy for patients suffering from pulp infections and can help you avoid a tooth extraction. If you have severe tooth pain or suspect tooth decay, call or book an appointment online today.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is necessary when the pulp, or interior soft tissue, of your tooth becomes irritated or infected. Infection may occur as a result of a minor crack in your tooth, injury, decay, or repeated dental procedures.

The pulp of your tooth contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. As your tooth grows and develops, you need the pulp, but once your tooth is mature, it can survive without it.

Dr. Lynch always tries to save a tooth rather than pull it. She recommends root canal therapy for teeth that would die and have to be extracted — a more expensive and complicated procedure — without intervention.

What are the signs that I need a root canal?

In some cases, you may have no outward signs that you need a root canal, but the infection is detected at your regular checkup. In other cases, you might notice certain signs, such as:

  • Toothache pain
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Discoloration of the tooth
  • Swelling or drainage from the area around the tooth
  • Tenderness in the gums
  • Discomfort when biting down and chewing
  • Gum abscesses

The earlier Dr. Lynch catches dental issues, the greater the chances of successful treatment. Remember to schedule your twice-yearly checkups to stay on top of your dental health.

What happens during a root canal?

During a root canal, Dr. Lynch drills a small hole in the tooth to access the pulp, and she thoroughly cleans and disinfects the interior of your tooth. She then fills it with a biocompatible material known as gutta percha and seals the tooth to prevent future infection.

The repaired tooth is then capped with a porcelain crown that matches the shape and color of your natural teeth. A crown feels and functions just like your natural teeth.

How do I care for a tooth following a root canal?

In the days immediately following treatment, you may experience sensitivity or soreness in the treated tooth. This should subside in a couple of days but can be alleviated with over-the-counter medications or, in some cases, prescription pain relievers.

Once your root canal treatment is complete, your tooth should function just like your natural teeth. Practice good oral hygiene, including regular brushing and flossing, as well as regular professional cleanings and checkups, to keep your crowned root canal healthy.

For a quality root canal and porcelain crown, call or book an appointment online with Dr. Lynch today.