Root Canal Therapy
What is a root canal?
A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million every year. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.
At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.
If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment. We use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. In addition, we will provide nitrous oxide analgesia if indicated. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.
To provide you with a better understanding of endodontic therapy, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to root canals are discussed.
What happens after treatment?
When your root canal therapy has been completed, a record of your treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist. You should contact their office for a follow-up restoration within a few weeks of completion at our office. Your restorative dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to respond. To prevent further decay, continue to practice good dental hygiene.
How much will it cost?
The cost associated with this procedure can vary depending on factors such as the severity of damage to the affected tooth and which tooth is affected. In general, endodontic treatment is much less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth.
Endodontic Associates of Bergen County
Dr. Feintuch and his entire staff are absolutely incredible, and caring. The process was absolutely painless, efficient and thorough. I highly, highly, recommend them to anyone needing a root canal!
- Andrew I
I came to Dr. Feintuch needing a root canal and I was surprised and delighted by how easy the process was. Dr. Feintuch is so kind and the procedure was almost painless. He was even able to schedule me when I needed a last minute appointment. Lastly, I must point out how wonderful his receptionist Taylor is! Each time I called to schedule, voice a concern, or came into the office, I was greeted with a warm smile and genuine care for how I was doing. Highly highly recommend!
- Sarah C
I came to Dr. Feintuch in an emergency situation. In addition to fully explaining the care I was going to need, he went above and beyond to coordinate my care with an oral surgeon and dentist. He was empathetic, gentle, and genuinely concerned about providing pain free care. His office staff was helpful, courteous, and professional. I am grateful for the care he provided and I highly recommend Dr. Feintuch for anyone needing an endodontist.
- Ariana P
Dr. Feintuch is an incredible endodontist and his assistant Maria is extremely kind! I am a patient that typically has a debilitating fear of needles but Dr. Feintuch was able to calm my fears and show me that there is nothing to be afraid of. From beginning to end, each step was completely painless and shockingly effortless. Dr. Feintuch made sure that I was comfortable and that I wasn’t feeling a single thing and reassured me that if I did - he wouldn’t work. If it wasn’t for Dr. Feintuch’s genuine and kind demeanor, I most certainly wouldn’t have had the courage to follow through with the root canal procedure. I am so thankful for Dr. Feintuch and his incredible skills and am elated to say that he was able to calm my debilitating fear of needles. Thank you so much Dr. Feintuch!!
This was the first time ever having to deal with a situation as serious as mine. I'll admit I was quite scared. Between Dr. Feintuch, his very knowledgable assistant, not to mention his wonderful, kind receptionist, my fears were gone. I'll admit, it's quite a process, but, when all was said and done...I was actually a bit sad knowing I may never have the pleasure of seeing them again...... In a good way.
- Kathleen F