Diagram of tooth and its root system

Root Canal

A root canal infection causes severe tooth pain. If not treated, the infection can spread to the gums, jaw, and other parts of the body.

You don't need to see an endodontist for a root canal. Drs. Dennis and Sandy Sternberg can save your teeth and restore dental health.

Learn how a root canal at our Freehold, NJ, office can rid your mouth of a harmful infection...

Root Canals Are More Common Than You Think

How Much Does a Root Canal Cost?

Since each patient's needs are different, the cost of root canal treatment varies from person to person. During your consultation, Dr. Sternberg can provide an estimated cost of the dental procedure. He can also answer any questions you may have about root canals and what to expect.

Reasons for Root Canal Treatment

At the center of every tooth is a collection of soft and neural tissue known as dental pulp. Though normally protected by the tooth, dental pulp can become inflamed if fractures in the enamel or oral trauma allow bacteria the opportunity to get inside. A root canal treatment involves the removal of infected pulp within a tooth. These are a few key reasons why root canal treatment is performed.

Alleviate Symptoms of Infection

Common symptoms of root canal infection include toothaches, swollen and tender gums, severe bad breath, and discoloration. Dr. Sternberg can remove the inflamed pulp affecting your teeth and get these symptoms under control.

Prevent the Spread of Inflammation

A root canal infection can cause all kinds of health problems if left untreated. A dental abscess may form, or the inflammation can spread to other parts of the mouth, face, and neck. It's important to seek treatment as soon as possible.

Avoid an Extraction

Root canal treatment prevents the removal of the infected tooth. This allows you to avoid the need for bridgework or a false tooth supported by an implant. It is better for a patient to maintain as much of their natural tooth structure when possible.

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The Root Canal Procedure A Step-by-Step Look

Dr. Sternberg can remove the inflamed pulp affecting your teeth and get these symptoms under control.
Dr. Sternberg can remove the inflamed pulp affecting your teeth and get these symptoms under control.

Thorough Dental Examination

The root canal procedure begins with a full examination. Dr. Sternberg will discuss the symptoms you've experienced and take x-rays to identify the problem tooth or teeth.

Preparing for the Root Canal

Before removing the pulp, the infected tooth needs to be prepped. Topical anesthetic is applied followed by a local anesthetic to alleviate discomfort. A dental dam is draped over the offending tooth. The dental dam allows a root canal to be performed in a clean, isolated environment.

Accessing the Pulp Chamber

Using a drill and other instruments, Dr. Sternberg gains access to the infected tissue. This space for soft tissue within a tooth is known as the pulp chamber.

Removing the Diseased Pulp

All of the pulp is removed from the chamber, including any pulp within the root canals. It's crucial that all of the pulp is removed to clear away the harmful bacteria.

Sterilizing the Pulp Chamber

With all of the pulp removed, the pulp chamber is then sterilized. This ensures that all bacteria is cleared and that re-infection will not happen after root canal treatment is completed.

Filling the Pulp Chamber

The next step involves filling the pulp chamber with an inert material. This material supports the tooth structure from within, allowing patients to bite and chew normally after their root canal.

Capping the Treated Tooth

A root canal concludes with a crown placed over the treated tooth. If a permanent crown cannot be fashioned immediately after treatment, a temporary filling is used. The permanent restoration will be placed during a visit to our Freehold office a week later.
Dr. Dennis G. Sternberg and Dr. Sandy Sternberg

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Dr. Dennis G. Sternberg and Dr. Sandy Sternberg are top-rated dentists who are committed to caring for each patient's dental health while using the latest tools and technology. Dr. Dennis G. Sternberg has been featured in several high-profile publications, including:

  • New Jersey Monthly's "New Jersey's Top Dentists"
  • Newsweek's "Unsung Heroes"

To request a consultation at our comfortable, state-of-the-art dental office, contact us online or call us at (732) 431-3331.

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