Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy in Old Saybrook, CT

The mere thought of losing a tooth can be dreadfully scary, and there are many reasons that a tooth may fall out or need to be extracted. However, a tooth in rough shape doesn’t mean that all hope is lost. Modern dentistry now has answers to saving a tooth that might otherwise need to be extracted.

That answer is root canal therapy, a procedure that can treat the damaged root of a tooth and save it from needing to come out, and Saybrook Family Dental Care is proud to offer this service to our patients.

What is Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal therapy, also called endodontic or root canal procedure is to be done to save a tooth from being extracted. It also involves removing decay and infection at the tip of a tooth’s nerve by cleaning out it’s inside with small tools and filling any remaining holes made by that entire process.

In order for this to be successful, your dentist will remove dental pulp tissue (the living center) to avoid contaminating healthy areas with bacteria during future procedures such as crown placement or porcelain veneers.

The space where teeth are prepared for fillings is then filled with a material like gutta-percha before the opening is sealed off using heated metal instrument.

Who is a suitable Candidate for Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal therapy is usually required when bacteria have infected a tooth’s nerve. The infection might be due to an injury or previous dental work that was not done properly or in the case of tooth with deep cavities which never got treated.

A person who knows that they are at risk for developing this type of infection should contact their dentist as quickly as possible so treatment can begin before it spreads and becomes more complicated than necessary.

Saybrook Family Dental Care Has the Root Canal Therapy You Need!

No one wants to lose a tooth if they don’t have to. Why wouldn’t you do everything you can then to save a tooth that was in bad shape? Root canal therapy is the answer to protecting and preserving a tooth that you might otherwise lose; if this sounds to you like a good option, contact Saybrook Family Dental Care today!

FAQs

What is root canal therapy?

Root canal therapy is a dental procedure to remove infected or damaged tissue from inside a tooth, relieving pain and saving the tooth.

When is a root canal necessary?

A root canal is necessary when the pulp inside the tooth becomes infected or inflamed due to deep decay, cracks, or trauma.

Is root canal therapy painful?

Modern root canal therapy is typically no more painful than a routine filling, thanks to local anesthesia and advanced techniques.

How long does a root canal procedure take?

A root canal procedure usually takes one to two appointments, depending on the complexity of the case.

What can I expect after root canal therapy?

After a root canal, you may experience some mild discomfort, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. Most patients return to normal activities quickly.

How do I care for my tooth after a root canal?

Maintain good oral hygiene, avoid chewing on hard foods with the treated tooth until it is fully restored, and follow your dentist’s instructions.

What are the benefits of root canal therapy?

Root canal therapy relieves pain, treats infection, and saves your natural tooth, preventing the need for extraction and further dental work.

Are there any alternatives to root canal therapy?

The primary alternative to root canal therapy is tooth extraction, which would then require a replacement option such as a bridge or implant to restore function and aesthetics.