The Multi-Step Root Canal Process

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Serving patients in New Jersey’s Ocean and Monmouth Counties, Dr. Christopher Lillo has extensive experience in general dentistry. Dr. Christopher Lillo regularly addresses cavities and performs root canals. Employed on infected and badly damaged teeth, root canals involve a multi-step process of removing the pulp, or damaged tooth area, disinfecting it, and filling and sealing it.

Despite public perception, the root canal is typically no more painful than filling a normal cavity. After an X-Ray that helps define the extent of the affected area, local anesthesia is applied to the affected tooth. The dentist then performs a pulpectomy, which involves creating an opening that allows complete removal of the diseased material. Once the area has been cleaned, gutta-percha material is used to fill the area and cement employed as a sealer.

With the root area of the tooth the focus of the procedure, many patients do experience some form of pain, such as a dull ache, in the days following. In cases where the affected area gets better, then starts aching again, there may be an issue involving trapped bacteria and follow-up treatment will be recommended.

Wisdom Teeth Removal – Why and When It Is Necessary

A 20-year veteran of dentistry, Christopher Lillo, DMD, resides in New Jersey, where he leads as partner in Oak Ridge Dental Group, PA. Dr. Christopher Lillo ensures that the office maintains HIPAA and OSHA compliance, while administering traditional dental services such as root canals and wisdom teeth removal.

Not all individuals require their molars removed. If the posterior tooth or teeth are fully erupted, healthy, and positioned correctly so daily home hygienic practices can be carried out, a person can avoid undergoing wisdom teeth removal.

On the other end of the spectrum, the third molars can lack the room to grow in completely. This issue may cause molars to become impacted and grow at an angle. Remaining hidden or partially visible, the teeth become a magnet for bacteria and require removal to avert oral problems, including infections and gum disease. A good indication that wisdom tooth surgery is needed is the presence of pain, cysts, tooth decay, and repeated soft tissue infections in the region where the molars grow.

Types of Anesthesia Used During Wisdom Teeth Extraction

A participant of the charity Dental Lifeline Network of New Jersey, Dr. Christopher Lillo sees patients at Oak Ridge Dental Group, PA in Toms River, New Jersey. With nearly two decades of experience, Dr. Christopher Lillo offers exceptional care in molar root canal procedures and wisdom teeth removal.

When having one’s wisdom teeth removed, a form of anesthesia is utilized to help patients remain comfortable during the entirety of the procedure. The type of anesthesia employed depends on the complexity of the extraction. For instance, an impacted molar that grows at an angle and at times grows within the jawbone, rather than breaking the surface, is more difficult to remove. In this situation, a doctor would use general anesthesia to put the patient to sleep, so no pain is felt as the tooth or teeth are extracted. If given general anesthesia, a patient inhales the medication through his or her nose. Once asleep, a surgical team monitors the body to ensure the patient remains safe and healthy.

Administered either intravenously or orally, sedation anesthesia is also an option. Rather than losing full consciousness, the patient experiences suppressed consciousness. No pain is felt during extraction and the patient is also given local anesthesia to numb the affected area. Local anesthesia can be used on its own as well. A patient remains awake during the extraction, but only feels pressure and movement due to the numbing effect of the local anesthesia.