Do you experience a chronic toothache or frequent tooth sensitivity? Do you notice swelling around the tooth or a sharp pain when you bite down? If so, you may be suffering from an abscessed or infected tooth. At The Silverstrom Group, we can address dental infection with a safe and comfortable root canal procedure. In today’s blog, your Livingston dentists, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom, answer common questions about this breakthrough endodontic treatment. Root Canal Therapy Frequently Asked Questions Question: How does a tooth become infected? Answer: The enamel coating our teeth protects the sensitive inner layers of dentin and pulp from bacteria. Injury and poor oral hygiene weaken the enamel, allowing bacteria to bypass a tooth’s defenses. Soon, tooth decay develops, which will continue to spread, eventually reaching the inner pulp and causing infection. Question: What happens if I don’t seek treatment for an abscessed or infected tooth? Answer: Without treatment, the infection may cause the pulp to die, effectively killing the tooth. The tooth will then need to be extracted to prevent the infection from spreading to surrounding teeth. Question: How does a root canal work? Answer: During a root canal, your Livingston NJ general dentists will open the tooth and remove the infected tissue. The tooth will then be disinfected and cleaned. Finally, the tooth will be filled with special restorative materials. Question: Will my tooth look normal following the procedure? Answer: Yes. After the procedure, a custom-made dental crown will be fabricated and placed over the visible portion of the tooth. The crown preserves the remaining tooth structure and prevents further infection. Using dental porcelain, The Silverstrom Group can place natural looking crowns. Schedule an Appointment with Your Livingston NJ General Dentists Do you have any further questions or concerns regarding root canal therapy? Then talk to your Livingston NJ general dentists today. Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom will help improve the health and appearance of your smile with quality endodontic treatment. Contact The Silverstrom Group in Livingston, New Jersey by calling (973) 797-9345. The Silverstrom Group is located at 580 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston, New Jersey.