When you read the words “root canal,” did you cringe? It’s no secret that root canal therapy is dreaded by even the toughest patients. Fortunately, root canal therapy’s bad reputation is totally unwarranted. In fact, these procedures often relieve toothache pain significantly and allow us to save a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted. If you’re in need of a root canal, take a deep breath and fight the urge to cringe. You’re about to feel a lot better. At South Windsor Dental, skilled restorative dentist, Sara E. Curcio, DMD, and her team are happy to provide pain relieving, smile correcting root canal therapy as well as a wide range of restorative dentistry services to keep patients smiling. If you want to find out more or schedule an appointment, call our South Windsor dental team today. In many cases, we can see patients who need root canal treatment on the same day that they call us.
A root canal or root canal therapy is a procedure required when tooth decay or dental damage accesses the inner layers of the tooth called the pulp. The tooth’s nerve system is housed within this inner pulp layer, so when decay or damage reaches this part of the tooth, the result is pain and dental sensitivity. To save the tooth from being extracted, we can perform a root canal to remove the damaged pulp and nerve tissue.
The only way you’ll know for sure you need a root canal is to visit our office for an exam. Most patients who need root canals visit us on an emergency basis, so it’s important that you be aware of the common warning signs and call us if you notice any of them. We recommend reaching out to our team if you experience any of the following indicators that you need a root canal:
Root canals are typically started on an emergency basis when patients call us experiencing the warning signs of this oral health condition. When you reach our office, we’ll numb the area around the tooth to relieve pain. Then, we drill a small hole from the top of the tooth to the pulp. We extract the damaged pulp and nerve tissue. Then, we use a biocompatible material to refill the pulp layer of the tooth. The access hole is resealed. In most cases, we will also fit you for a dental crown to protect and strengthen the root canal treated tooth. In some cases, we will need to prescribe oral or topical antibiotics to reduce risk for reinfection before and/or after your root canal.
Following root canal therapy, patients almost always feel significant relief from the toothache and dental sensitivity that brought them to see us. However, you may experience some swelling in the gums around the treated tooth and some mild sensitivity. If you have a temporary crown in place, avoid chewing with that part of the mouth until after we have placed your custom crown. Otherwise, any pain or discomfort should be gone within a few days of treatment. If your pain increases or you notice swelling or infection in the gums around your tooth, call us immediately.