Endodontics (Root Canals)
Root canal therapy is often the most dreaded dental procedure for patients to hear. People associate root canals with pain because the symptoms can often feel quite painful if not addressed immediately. In most cases, root canals actually provide patients with much needed relief from a painful infection, and the procedure itself should feel no different than having a dental restoration.
Our dentist, Dr. Alicia Almeida, understands that dental pain can be frightening. We will help restore your health through gentle treatment and accurate diagnosis so that you can get back to your busy schedule.
Symptoms of Infection
When we receive a call from a patient, we ask about symptoms to help us identify your condition and prepare for your appointment. Some common symptoms leading up to root canal therapy include:
- Discomfort or pain
- Swelling in the jaw or cheek
- Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Discoloration of your tooth
- Small pustule on the gums
- Throbbing or pressure
The sooner you contact our office, the sooner we can help you feel like yourself again! Don’t wait. Dental pain rarely resolves on its own, and acting fast may help save your tooth.
What Is Root Canal Therapy (Endodontics)?
Endodontics is the dental specialty that focuses on removing infection and diseased tissue from inside your tooth. In many cases, we can perform your root canal procedure in our office. In certain cases, we may recommend a referral to an endodontist.
We use anesthetic, precision instruments, and years of experience to eliminate inflammation and bacteria so that your tooth can heal. In many cases, if you ignore your condition, you could lose your tooth. Tooth loss leads to a variety of other serious health issues such as a poor bite, periodontal disease, and bone loss.
Once we eliminate the infection from your tooth, we will place a temporary restoration while your tooth heals to seal it and protect it from re-infection.
After root canal therapy, we recommend a permanent restoration to protect and stabilize your tooth. In most cases, a dental crown is an ideal restoration because it both seals your tooth and adds additional stability to your bite. Root canal teeth become more brittle after treatment, so proper restoration is essential to its longevity.
Having root canal therapy combined with restorative dentistry can protect your smile and your health for years – even decades – with proper care.
Contact Us for a Dental Appointment
Even if you are not sure whether what you are experiencing is a dental emergency, contact our Naugatuck, CT dental office right away. Our helpful team can help determine if an appointment is necessary and guide you through the process so that you can feel like yourself again!
We look forward to helping you achieve a comfortable, healthy smile.