Preserve your original teeth with root canal therapy

Imagine a nagging toothache that comes and goes, sharp discomfort when you chew, or extreme temperature sensitivity… or waking in the middle of the night with a swollen face and acute pain. These are all conditions that can be treated with root canal therapy. Drs. Gary and Scott Pearl can relieve dental pain and help you save your teeth with this precise treatment, performed at their practice in Hamden, Connecticut.

Young man having a dental treatment

What’s a root canal?

A tooth contains tiny channels or canals extending from the pulp chamber at the centre to the tip of the root. These passageways house nerves and vascular tissues that let the tooth grow and develop as a child, sense temperature, and feel bite pressure to avoid dental injury; however, since teeth work together as a team, every tooth doesn’t need to have nerves and blood flow.

A fracture, chip, or decay can allow harmful bacteria to penetrate the pulp chamber. That causes infection and inflammation and builds painful pressure inside the tooth. In other cases, a blow to the face or repeated dental work may damage nerves. Root canal therapy relieves root canal pain by removing its source – inflamed nerves. Extraction is usually the only alternative.

Endodontic treatment – what to expect

At Pearl Dental Care, root canal treatment is non-traumatic. Number one is getting you out of discomfort, which may be done with antibiotics and pain medications before the procedure.

Then, root canal treatment steps follow this general course:

  • The tooth is thoroughly numbed for immediate relief
  • The dentist opens the tooth, alleviating pressure
  • Damaged tooth structure is removed
  • Blood vessels and nerves are taken out using special endodontic instruments.
  • Canals are sanitized
  • The chamber is sealed, and a temporary restoration protects the tooth
  • You return in a few weeks to have a tooth colored ceramic crown
Root Canal
Root canal therapy is a very common procedure. It has a reputation of being undesirable and painful. But when done properly it is actually painless. Every tooth in your mouth is composed of a crown and a root. When a cavity or bacteria penetrates the tooth, the root and its nerves become irritated. As a result, the bacteria within the pulp cavity needs to be removed and cleaned in order to restore the tooth to its healthy state. Following the procedure, the tooth is fragile and consequently is restored with the natural crown for a lifetime of durability. Root canals have a success rate of 95% or greater. Most root canal are diagnosed by patients’ sensitivities to a specific tooth. Be sure to consult your dentist any symptoms or discomfort occur.

Root canal procedure time requires only about 90 minutes in the chair. Most patients can return to work after the appointment and eat as usual the next day. Many insurance plans cover root canal costs.With good hygiene, regular checkups, and sports protection, you may never need root canal therapy. If you do, though, your smile is in good hands with Drs. Gary and Scott Pearl. Call the office at (203) 285-8245; we are at 1834 Dixwell Avenue and welcome new patients to our practice.