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Matthew C. Lochetto, DMD, PA | Root Canal in West Windsor

Matthew C. Lochetto, DMD, PA

Endodontist - Root Canal Specialist

Specialty License #5086

Call today to schedule your appointment!
(609) 275-1175

196 Princeton Hightstown Rd Bldg 2A, Suite 3
West Windsor, New Jersey 08550
Root Canal

Endodontics is the dental specialty that addresses the preservation of the tooth after disease has compromised the tooth. When a tooth becomes infected with decay it is usually related to the nerves in the root of the tooth. The infected nerves need to be removed. If left untreated an infection can turn into an abscess, which is a much more serious problem that includes bone loss in the jaw, swelling, and increased, uncontrollable pain.

The area around the tooth is numbed with a local anesthetic to start the procedure. The dentist will then drill down into the tooth to create an opening to locate the canals. The Endodontist then be able to remove the infected tissue and clean the canal. After the tissue has been removed, the space is filled with a sealant called gutta percha. It is highly recommended that a tooth that has undergone a root canal is treated with a crown two to four weeks after completion by the general dentist. This will improve the appearance of the tooth, and will also make it much more likely that the root canal is successful by protecting the existing tooth from fracture.

"Root canal" has become a scary term for dental patients to hear, but the benefits of the procedure and advances in dental technology have made it much less "scary". Local anesthetics and proper pain medication allow the procedure to be performed with little to no pain in most cases. There will be some soreness following the procedure, but that is normal for most dental procedures. Over the counter medication like Motrin and Advil are usually enough to relieve any pain afterwards, but your dentist may prescribe medication. The procedure will also relieve you from pain caused by the infection allowing you to enjoy all the foods you love without any pain from heat, cold, or biting too hard. If you are experiencing pain consult your dentist today.

West Windsor Endodontist | Root Canal. Matthew Lochetto is a West Windsor Endodontist.