Root Canals

All Smiles Dental

Do you feel pain and discomfort along the back of your upper or lower jaw? Is there a hard bump in the gums behind your final molars? Are you in your late teens or early twenties?

If you answered yes to some of these questions, then you are a likely candidate for wisdom tooth extraction.

A wisdom tooth extraction is a significant restorative procedure for patients in our dental office because it can prevent numerous other problems like the shifting of the teeth, dental overcrowding, and lifelong pain. If you are seeking a qualified dentist to perform this procedure, look no further than All Smiles Dental Care.

What is a Root Canal?

When decay gets near or into the root of the tooth, then it can cause pain, swelling, and infection on the inside or at the root of a tooth. If this happens, then a dentist will usually recommend going to an endodontist to have a root canal to save the tooth.

Our endodontists at All Smiles Dental Care specialize in saving teeth unless your dentist thinks it is unsalvageable. If that’s the case, then your dentist will do an extraction and discuss options for replacing the tooth.

A root canal involves cleaning the decay out from the pulp of the tooth to get rid of the infection and save the tooth. The endodontist in Hazlet, NJ, will use tiny files to go into the canal of the teeth and clean the decay from them. Afterward, the roots are filled, and a temporary seal is placed over the tooth until the patient’s general dentist crowns it.

Why is a Crown Necessary?

Many times when a root canal is necessary, decay weakens the tooth so much that it can easily break. By adding a crown to the tooth, it provides it with a stronger structure and restores the tooth’s function. Your general dentist is usually the one who is responsible for ordering and placing the crown after a root canal.

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How Long does Root Canal Recovery Take?

Typically, root canal recovery time lasts less than a week. Mild discomfort may be present for a few days, but this can be managed with medication. If you have severe pain or discomfort that lasts longer than a week, call All Smiles Dental Care.


Can I eat after a root canal?

Yes. However, it’s best to wait until the numbness wears off. Stick with softer foods like pastas, mashed potatoes and yogurts for the first couple of days. Introduce solid food as your comfort level improves.

Can you drive after a root canal?

It depends. If you had local anesthesia or nitrous oxide during your procedure, then you can drive yourself to and from your appointment. People who choose oral sedation will need a friend or family member to drive them.

Can you smoke after a root canal?

Smoking interferes with healing and increases the likelihood that you’ll need more dental work in the future.

When can I resume work, school or other activities?

Most of the time, people who have had root canal therapy can go back to work or school the next day.