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Root canals are a pretty common dental procedure that surprisingly few people know the ins and outs of. So in an effort to help educate you about the different procedures we offer here at Jacqueline S. Reid DDS, we put together a short piece on how root canals work and what they accomplish.

How does it work?
A root canal is pretty straightforward. Dr. Jacqueline S. Reid will remove the top of the infected tooth (root canals are performed on teeth with infected or inflamed pulp, to stop the spread of the infection to other teeth). Then, he will remove the infected pulp.

After that’s completed, a crown will be fitted over the top of your tooth to restore the tooth’s original function, appearance, and feel.

What does it fix?

If you have an infection in your tooth, you’ll likely need a root canal to remove the infection and prevent it from spreading to surrounding teeth. The infection can cause tooth death, and you don’t want many teeth in your mouth dying simultaneously. If the tooth can be saved, a root canal will be performed. If not, Dr. Jacqueline S. Reid may recommend an extraction.

Root canals can solve some serious problems, but it’s better to avoid needing one in the first place. However, if you have any sort of lingering tooth pain, you need to call us today at 973.635.9456 so we can make sure you don’t need a root canal.