Root Canal Therapy – Manchester, CT
Save a Damaged Tooth from Extraction
Many people misunderstand the term “root canal.” They think of it as a torturous dental procedure that should be avoided if possible. However, root canal therapy actually has the potential to relieve dental pain and save a damaged or decayed tooth from extraction. On this page, you will learn more about this treatment and how it may be able to benefit you.
Why Choose First Line Dental for Root Canal Therapy?
- Compassionate, experienced dentist
- Relieve your dental pain and avoid an extraction
- Emergency root canal therapy available
What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal is not a dental treatment. Rather, it is part of your mouth’s anatomy. It is the portion of a tooth inside its root that contains the pulp, a soft substance composed of nerves, connective tissues, and blood vessels. When damage or an infection infiltrates the tooth and affects the pulp inside the root canal, the result can be a major toothache and far-reaching consequences for a person’s oral and overall health. During root canal therapy, a dentist cleans out the damaged or infected area to prevent further damage and relieve the patient’s pain.
What Happens During the Procedure?
Patient comfort is one of our top priorities, so you need not be unduly worried about what you will feel during the procedure. Thanks to sedation and/or anesthesia, you should feel little to nothing. During the procedure, Dr. Pitcher will access the tooth’s interior and use special tools to clean it out. She may also remove the tooth’s nerve. Then, she will fill in the tooth with a special material to help it maintain its structure. In most cases, your dentist must place a dental crown after root canal therapy to protect the tooth from further damage. Dr. Pitcher may also prescribe antibiotics to further fight the infection.
Indications for Root Canal Therapy
If you are experiencing any of the following, it is possible that you need root canal therapy:
- You have a throbbing, extremely painful toothache.
- A tooth is very sensitive to temperature changes. The sensitivity lingers even after the source of the temperature change is removed.
- There is a pimple-like bump on your gums.
- One of your teeth is darker than the ones around it.
If you believe you need root canal therapy, seek treatment as soon as possible. An untreated dental infection could spread throughout your body and lead to serious, even life-threatening, complications.
Benefits of Root Canal Therapy
The primary benefit of root canal therapy is that it can relieve your dental pain without subjecting you to a tooth extraction. A missing tooth can lead to a number of complications, such as drifting of the adjacent teeth, dental misalignment, and bone deterioration in the jaw. It also raises aesthetic concerns. Root canal therapy is often the most conservative way to address severe dental decay or damage.
The Cost of Root Canal Therapy
We will give you an estimate for the cost of your treatment before we begin the procedure. Although a root canal can cost a significant amount of money, it may be less expensive than getting a tooth extracted only to replace it later on. Many dental insurance policies provide coverage for root canal therapy. Our team can also help you apply for affordable financing if necessary.