Root Canal Specialist

Edison Dental Health Center

David Illes, DDS

General Dentistry located in Edison, NJ

A root canal is a routine endodontic procedure designed to remove infections and save your tooth. With his expertise in advanced root canal treatments, David Illes, DDS, provides gentle root canal procedures right in the office at Edison Dental Health Center in Edison, New Jersey. Book your root canal appointment directly through the online scheduler or call the office to speak with a team member.

Root Canal Q & A

Why do I need a root canal?

A root canal is the best way to preserve your tooth and prevent an extraction. After all, losing a tooth can lead to permanent bone and tissue loss, as well as ongoing issues with teeth shifting and bite problems. You may need a root canal if you have any of the following concerns:

  • Deep infection (abscess)
  • Broken or cracked tooth
  • Filling that’s too large to replace

Sometimes, a root canal is essential if you have an overly sensitive tooth. Extreme sensitivity could be an indicator that there’s an opening near your nerve, which can allow bacteria to get inside. Because your risk of a serious infection may be elevated, a root canal could be necessary.

What happens during a root canal?

Your root canal treatment from Edison Dental Health Center begins with thoroughly numbing your treatment area. Dr. Illes makes a small opening in your tooth, which is very similar to the drilling you experience when you get a filling.

He carefully removes all of your dental pulp, which contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. The next step involves thoroughly cleaning out the inner chambers of your tooth and removing all signs of infection, in addition to reshaping your tooth’s root.

Dr. Illes then fills the opening with a rubbery dental material called gutta-percha. At this point, your tooth is treated and Dr. Illes simply needs to close the opening with a dental filling or get you fitted for a crown — you get a temporary crown the day of your root canal.

If you do need a crown, it takes a couple of weeks for it to be fabricated in the lab. Dr. Illes schedules you for a follow-up visit when your crown arrives so he can permanently bond it to your treated tooth.

Is a root canal painful?

In years past, root canals were one of the most dreaded dental procedures. But thanks to advancements in numbing solutions and sedation dentistry, including oral sedation, Dr. Illes can ensure your root canal procedure is as comfortable and painless as possible.

Not only does Dr. Illes thoroughly numb your tooth’s root and surrounding gum tissue, but he can also provide a medication to take ahead of time, or offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) during your root canal to help you relax. Dr. Illes is highly skilled at gentle dental techniques, so you won’t have to stress about pain during your root canal.

If you need a root canal or want a second opinion, contact Edison Dental Health Center today. You can conveniently book your root canal appointment either online or over the phone.