Posts for tag: root canal

By Peter Brusco DMD
March 11, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Molar Tooth ExtractionHow your dentist in Kinnelon, New Jersey, can save your smile

It may seem strange, but sometimes removing a tooth is the right choice. Common causes include if a tooth is severely decayed and can’t be repaired with a filling, or if there is infection around the tooth that can spread to healthy teeth and tissue, dramatically affecting the overall health of your smile. You may also be in a lot of pain!

There are common signs and symptoms indicating you may need to have a tooth extracted. Read below to learn more, and contactDr. Peter Brusco in Kinnelon, New Jersey, if you feel that you could use treatment.

 

More about Tooth Extraction

Many teeth can be repaired with a simple dental filling, with or without root canal treatment. However, there are teeth that remain painful even after treatment. If you have periodontal disease, that can also lead to the need for tooth extraction.

You may to have a tooth extracted if you have:

  • Severe pain after a dental filling has been placed
  • Severe pain after root canal treatment
  • Lost bone support around a tooth, making the tooth mobile

You may need a tooth extraction for reasons other than pain and disease, for example, teeth are often removed before orthodontic treatment. If there is not enough room, or if it will make moving other teeth into correct position faster and easier, your orthodontist may suggest removing specific teeth.

The most common healthy teeth to be removed, however, are wisdom teeth. This is your third set of permanent molars, and most people don’t have room in their jaws for them. As a result, wisdom teeth are often removed between the ages of 18 and 25. If wisdom teeth are left in, there is a chance they will form cysts which can cause bone destruction and other issues.

 

Give us a Call!

These are just a few of the reasons why you might need a tooth extraction. Only your dentist knows for sure whether a tooth should be taken out or not. If you have a painful tooth, don’t wait for it to get worse. Instead, just pick up your phone and call Dr. Peter Brusco in Kinnelon, New Jersey. Dial (973) 838-5862 today and save your smile!

By Peter Brusco DMD
September 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal   tooth pain  

Root Canal DIagramCould your smile be trying to tell you that something is wrong?

Okay, so root canals haven’t gotten the best reputation over the years, but our Kinnelon, NJ, dentist Dr. Peter Brusco is here to tell you more about this procedure to ease your mind, particularly if you need to have one done.

First and foremost, root canal treatments happen all the time and really aren’t any more invasive than getting a dental filling. Furthermore, it could just end up saving your tooth from needing an extraction while also getting rid of that nasty toothache you’re experiencing.

So, what is a root canal?

It’s important to understand this procedure so that you understand the purpose behind it and why it’s necessary. This isn’t an elective dental procedure; it is one you will need if you want to treat a damaged tooth and prevent further damage from happening.

Deep inside, under the enamel and dentin layers of the tooth, lies a soft tissue structure known as the dental pulp. While the dental pulp is an important part of the tooth while it’s developing, once the tooth has fully matured the dental pulp no longer serves a purpose.

However, sometimes bacteria can break through these hard outer layers of the tooth, getting inside and infecting the pulp. Once this happens, our Kinnelon, NJ, general dentist has no choice but to remove the dental pulp. The purpose behind root canal treatment is to:

  • Remove the dental pulp
  • Disinfect the inside of the tooth and the root canals
  • Prevent bacteria from spreading
  • Fill the canals with special material to prevent a re-infection
  • Restore the tooth’s strength and function

How do I know that I need a root canal?

A lot of people may require a root canal but feel absolutely fine and not even notice any symptoms. While we know this thought can be unnerving this is why it’s important to visit your dentist every six months for checkups, even if you think everything feels fine.

Of course, if the dental pulp is infected, often times the most classic symptom is a toothache. After all, the dental pulp is made up of nerves, so when bacteria infect it, it will certainly let you know by causing you pretty persistent and sometimes severe pain.

Besides pain, you may also notice increased sensitivity to hot or cold foods or drinks. Sensitivity can linger long after you’ve had contact with the offending beverage or food. If a toothache goes ignored and the tooth doesn’t get the care it needs sometimes the tooth will begin to darken. This means the roots of the tooth are dying. You may also notice redness, swelling or tenderness in the gums surrounding that tooth.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it’s best to play it safe and give our Kinnelon, NJ, family dentist a call. We will go through your symptoms and determine whether you need to come in right away for care. Don’t put off the treatment your smile needs to stay healthy.

By Peter Brusco DMD
July 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

What your dentist in Kinnelon wants you to knowroot canal

A root canal is a common procedure that can potentially save a badly damaged tooth. Root canals, also called endodontic procedures, are performed for a variety of reasons. Dr. Peter Brusco in Kinnelon, NJ wants to share why you might need a root canal and how a root canal can help your smile.

You might need a root canal even if you don’t have any pain or symptoms. The inner chamber of a tooth, an area called the pulp chamber, is filled with living tissue, nerves and blood supply. Sometimes the tissue can harden, a natural process called sclerosis, and the nerves and blood supply can dry up. All you may notice is the dying tooth changing color, becoming darker.

Other common causes of root canal problems include:

  • Deep decay that has penetrated to the pulp of your tooth
  • Accidents or sports injuries resulting in tooth trauma
  • Injuries to your jaws or face
  • Long-term grinding or clenching

The need for a root canal results from inflammation and swelling in the pulp chamber of your tooth. You may experience increased pressure and pain within the tooth, along with other symptoms like these:

  • Sharp or throbbing pain that continues and doesn’t resolve
  • Sharp or throbbing pain from hot and cold foods or beverages
  • Redness, swelling or white drainage around the root tip of your tooth

If you experience symptoms, it’s important to know that only your dentist will know for sure if you need a root canal. Using all of the latest tools including digital x-rays, intra-oral cameras and pulp and vitality testing, Dr. Brusco can determine if your tooth needs a root canal. That’s why it’s so important to visit your dentist at the first sign of trouble.

If you do need a root canal, don’t worry! Dr. Brusco will make your appointment comfortable during and after treatment. For more information about the causes of root canal problems and endodontic therapy, call Dr. Brusco in Kinnelon, NJ. You don’t have to suffer from tooth pain, so call today!

ASecondRootCanalTreatmentMayHelpSaveanEndangeredTooth

When decay spreads to the tooth’s inner pulp, a root canal treatment may be necessary to save it. It’s a common procedure: after removing all tissue from the pulp, the pulp chamber and root canals are filled with a special filling. The tooth is then sealed and a crown installed to protect the tooth from re-infection and/or fracture, possibly extending the tooth’s life for many years.

Sometimes, however, the tooth doesn’t respond and heal as expected: the number, size and shape of the patient’s root canals may have complicated the procedure; there may have been a delay before installing the final crown or restoration or the restoration didn’t seal the tooth as it should have, both occurrences giving rise to re-infection. It’s also possible for a second, separate occurrence of decay or injury to the tooth or crown to undo the effects of successful treatment.

It may be necessary in these cases to conduct a second root canal treatment, one that may be more complicated or challenging than the first one. For one thing, if the tooth has been covered by a crown or other restorative materials, these will most likely need to be removed beforehand. In cases where the root canal network and anatomy are challenging, it may require the expertise of an endodontist, a dental specialist in root canal treatments. Using advanced techniques with microscopic equipment, an endodontist can locate and fill unusually narrow or blocked root canals.

Because of these and other possible complications, a root canal retreatment may be more costly than a first-time procedure. Additionally, if you have dental insurance, your particular benefit package may or may not cover the full cost or impose limitations on repeated procedures within a certain length of time. The alternative to retreatment, though, is the removal of the tooth and replacement with a dental implant, bridge or partial denture with their own set of costs and considerations.

The complications and costs of a repeated procedure, though, may be well worth it, if it results in a longer life for the tooth. Preserving your natural tooth is in most cases the most desired outcome for maintaining a healthy mouth.

If you would like more information on root canal treatments, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Root Canal Treatment.”



Kinnelon, NJ Dentist
Peter Brusco DMD
170 Kinnelon Rd # 29A
Kinnelon, NJ 07405
(973) 838-5862
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