Root Canal Therapy – Bloomfield, CT
Relieve Your Pain and Preserve Your Teeth
Teeth are hard and strong. They were designed by to endure the daily pressures of chewing and biting everything from tough meats to crisp carrots. Despite their tough exterior, however, teeth can succumb to the daily attacks of the millions of bacteria in the mouth. When that happens, tooth decay may develop. Without timely treatment, the decay can move deep within a tooth to the soft interior layer of the pulp chamber and root canals. At this point, urgent treatment is usually required. Also called endodontic treatment, root canal therapy in Bloomfield, CT, has the potential to relieve your pain and preserve your teeth.
Why Choose Family Dental Practice of Bloomfield for Root Canal Therapy?
- Cone Beam Scanner for Advanced Treatment Planning
- Sedation Dentistry Contributes to Comfortable Care
- Highly Experienced Team of Oral Health Experts
Do I Need Root Canal Therapy?
When a tooth is healthy, its outer layer of enamel and the middle layer of dentin protect the pulp chamber. But when bacteria breach these layers because of extensive decay or a deep crack, the pulp chamber and surrounding root canals become vulnerable to infection. As infection develops, the chamber and its contents begin to die. Your body responds by increasing blood flow to fight the infection, which causes painful inflammation inside your tooth.
An unbearable toothache is usually the first sign that root canal therapy is necessary, but other signs are:
- Facial swelling
- Swollen gum tissue around the tooth that may look like a pimple
- Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- The feeling of an earache but no sign of infection
The Root Canal Process
During a root canal, the tooth and surrounding area are first anesthetized so your dentist can access the inner chamber to remove infection, debris, and the soft tissue. In some cases, we may also administer sedation.
The pulp chamber is disinfected, the tooth’s nerve is extracted, and then the empty space in its interior is filled with an inert substance that supports the rest of the tooth and prevents recontamination. The chamber and your tooth are then sealed with a special filling material. Eventually, your tooth will likely be encapsulated by a dental crown that will protect the remaining tooth structure and restore normal function.
The Benefits of Getting a Root Canal
The biggest advantage of root canal therapy is that it allows you to keep your tooth. It can therefore prevent issues like deterioration of the jawbone and the embarrassment of an incomplete smile. It can also save you money because you will not have to pay for tooth replacement. Often, the results of a successful root canal provide patients with decades of improved dental function.
It is also important to keep in mind that the entire process is easier than most people anticipate. Unlike portrayals in the media, the procedure is quite comfortable, and recovery from it does not take long.