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Marlton Dentist, Dentist in Marlton, NJ

Marlton Family Dentistry

(formerly State of the Art Smiles)

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Dr. Blake D. Entralgo and Associates



Our Services

Non-Surgical and Surgical Root Canal (Endodontics)


Root Canal, or endodontics, is the process of removing the infected or necrotic (dead) nerves from the canal inside the roots of a tooth. A root canal is often necessary to save an infected tooth. If an infected tooth is left alone for a long period of time, an abscess can form. An abscess will show up on an x-ray as a dark spot below the apex (tip) of the root. This is actually bone loss in the jaw. It is very important to catch this problem before it causes permanent bone damage. If a tooth has been treated with root canal therapy, on rare occassions, years later, a leak in the seal can form. In these cases, a endodontic surgical procedure called an apicoectomy can be performed. Dr. Edenbaum uses a laser for all endodontic surgeries, making the procedure clean and with minimal discomfort.


The first step of the procedure is to anesthetize the effected area. The next step is for Dr. Addiego to open an access point through the top, or biting surface of the tooth. Dr. Addiego will then determine a working length of each canal. Each canal is then cleaned and shaped in preparation for the filling material. Once each canal is prepared, it is filled with an inert material called gutta percha. The canals are then sealed. The tooth is now ready for a restoration, which is usually a crown. This entire procedure is often completed in two visits, but may be finished in a single visit.

Why do I need a root canal or apicoectomy?

There are a number of reasons why one of your teeth may need a root canal. These include but are not limited to, a very deep cavity that extends into the nerve, a trauma to the tooth that exposes the nerve, or a crack in the tooth that extends into the nerve of the tooth. In cases of apicoectomy, the root canal seal may develop a leak at the root tip over time, causing the recurrance of an abscess.


-Moderate to severe lingering toothache pain when drinking hot or cold liquids or foods.

-Moderate to severe pain when biting on a tooth

-Sensitivity to tapping or pressure on the tooth

-Toothache that wakes you up in the middle of the night

-A pimple on your gum that may release pus or blood

-Radiating pain from one area of the mouth to another


We proudly offer root canal treatment at our convenient location in Marlton, NJ. If you have a toothache or pain in any of your teeth, you may need a root canal.