Root Canal Specialist

A&M Dental Arts: Manisha Singh, DMD

Family & General Dentist located in Manalapan, NJ

Although a root canal is often a dreaded procedure, it’s not what causes your pain; instead, it alleviates the pain of an infected tooth root in order to help save the tooth’s structure. At A&M Dental Arts in Manalapan, New Jersey, Manisha Singh, DMD, and the team can diagnose a tooth that needs a root canal and perform the procedure, so you feel better. To find out if a root canal can benefit your oral health, call the office or schedule an appointment online.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal procedure removes the infected pulp of a tooth and replaces it with a biocompatible material. This saves the structure of the tooth, so you still have optimal function and appearance of the tooth. 

The pulp necessary for a tooth’s growth and development and contains blood vessels and nerves. But after the tooth is mature, this pulp isn’t necessary for its integrity.

What are the symptoms that I might need a root canal?

Sometimes you’ll have no symptoms, and the infection at the pulp is only evident on an X-ray performed at your regular checkup. Symptoms that you have an infected tooth that needs a root canal include:

  • Prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Tenderness when chewing or pressing on the tooth
  • Discoloration of the tooth
  • An abscess or pus drainage in the area of an infected tooth

If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to contact A&M Dental Arts to find out if a root canal could help relieve your pain.

What happens during a root canal?

During a root canal, Dr. Singh numbs the area around the affected tooth. She makes a mall hole in the tooth and scrapes out all signs of infection. 

Dr. Singh then places a solution inside to kill bacteria and adds gutta-percha, a rubbery material, to fill in the area where the pulp was. Finally, she seals the site, and your root canal is complete.

A root canal is usually fitted with a crown, or cap, to protect the vulnerable site. A crown is usually made from porcelain and matches the look of your other teeth.

Does a root canal hurt?

A root canal is performed under local anesthesia, so you feel very little during the procedure.  A&M Dental Arts also provides nitrous oxide for patients with anxiety or for those who request to have a calm and soothing experience.

You may feel a little sensitive and sore for a few days afterward. However, over-the-counter pain medications can help relieve the immediate discomfort. If your pain lasts longer than a few days, contact the team at A&M Dental Arts.

For more information about root canals and to find out if you might need one, call A&M Dental Arts or book an appointment online.