Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is a form of treatment used to repair and save a tooth that has been infected and damaged due to a crack or deep cavity. The treatment requires the removal of the infected pulp and nerves of the tooth, and a cleaning of the area. A tooth can still be healthy and functional without the pulp or nerves. If root canal therapy is not sought after, an infection can spread to the jaw bone and tissue and cause tooth loss or other serious complications.
What are the signs that a root canal is needed?
- Severe tooth pain while chewing
- Your tooth pain wakes you up at night
- Teeth that are highly sensitive to hot or cold, with the sensitivity lingering for some time.
- Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
- Swollen gums in the area of the infected tooth
What does the treatment involve?
First, an opening will be made into the pulp chamber through the tooth's crown. Once the pulp is removed, the canal will be cleaned. In some cases, your Waterbury dentist may opt to do the procedure in multiple visits- and at this point, a temporary filling will be placed. When you return, the temporary will be removed and the canal re-cleaned. Following this- a permanent filling will be placed on the tooth.
Root canal therapy has a high success rate and can eliminate pain while saving tooth structure for a lifetime. The crown or filling placed at the completion of the procedure also will be tooth-colored, so will be hard to notice by others that you even had the treatment at all.