If the vulnerable tissue within one of the teeth has become badly damaged or infected, a root canal procedure may be the best option for replenishing its health and helping patients avoid the need for extraction. Many people have heard scary stories about root canals, but these reports are greatly exaggerated. In today’s world, root canal treatments are highly modern and surprisingly comfortable — most patients compare it to getting a small filling.
There are basically two reasons why root canal therapy may be necessary:
How can you tell if you need root canal therapy? Common symptoms that indicate the need for this procedure include a throbbing toothache, extreme dental sensitivity, and a tooth that is darker than the ones around it. However, in some cases, root canal therapy may be necessary even though a patient is not experiencing any obvious symptoms. That is why regular dental checkups are so important.
The nerve inside of a tooth is responsible for causing root canal-related pain. During the procedure, we remove that nerve, thus immediately cutting off the source of your discomfort. Plus, we are often able to complete the entire root canal procedure in a single appointment, including the placement of a crown to protect the treated tooth. This is in contrast to most dental offices, which usually require at least two appointments to perform the root canal therapy and place a permanent crown on the tooth.
It is normal to experience some soreness and swelling after a root canal treatment. However, that should fade within a few days. If discomfort lasts longer than that, give our team a call so we can evaluate the situation and provide you with help.
When you arrive for your appointment, one of the first things our team will do is make sure you are comfortable. Then, during the root canal therapy procedure, your dentist will carefully remove the soft tissue inside the tooth (also known as the dental pulp), as well as the tooth’s nerve, with special instruments. Then, the empty space is filled with a biocompatible replacement, a substance called gutta percha, which helps the tooth to retain its structure. Next, the area is thoroughly sealed to prevent further damage. As a final touch, the tooth will be restored with either a custom-made dental crown (or in some cases, a filling).
If you suspect that you may need a root canal, do not hesitate to contact Torrington Dental Care today for help.