About Endodontics

There are various reasons you may need to see an endodontist, but in all cases, we are trying to save your tooth. Endodontic therapy is an alternative to extraction and replacement with artificial teeth. By choosing endodontic treatment, you are choosing to preserve your natural dentition, which leads to maintaining proper nutrition and dental function. Teeth are held to bone by a ligament, rich in propioceptive nerve endings. These nerve endings allow you to enjoy your chewing function. Although implants are a very good alternative to replace teeth that cannot be saved, implants will not provide the same type of chewing sensation as your natural dentition.

Morgan, NJ – March 14, 2012 – Despite the increasing popularity of dental implants and widespread advertising claims of “teeth in a day,” The New Jersey Society of Periodontists (NJSP) strongly recommends that every effort should be made to save your natural teeth before opting for dental implants.

Endodontic therapy should be started as soon as a diagnosis has been made, at which time most teeth can be saved. Otherwise, serious conditions such as severe toothaches, increased infection of the tooth, gums and jawbones, or even tooth loss are likely to occur.


Procedures and Services

Dr. Sonia Gallego-Cubillos will personally explain all recommended procedures and will keep you fully informed about every aspect of your treatment:



A clinical and radiographic examination (x-ray) is performed to determine if endodontic treatment is considered necessary. We will be happy to answer any of your questions about the cause of your endodontic need, the treatment sequence and the course of healing during this time.

Endodontic Therapy

A Root Canal Treatment is performed regularly under local anesthetic. The tooth will be isolated during treatment with a rubber dam, to protect you from irrigants used to disinfect and also to avoid contamination of the area with saliva. An orifice is opened in the tooth to access the canal/s. Canals are cleaned and shaped into a form that can be easily filled with a rubber-like material called guttapercha.


After the Procedure

For a few days following the procedure, you can expect some soreness, pressure and slight swelling. We can prescribe medications you might need for relief. The discomfort that you may experience is a normal reaction and will not affect the success of your treatment. Should any excessive discomfort occur, you will be able to reach us at all times.

Follow- Up Treatment

Upon completion of your endodontic therapy, a temporary filling will be placed in the access opening. It is then important for you to contact your dentist to arrange for a permanent restoration.