When caught early, tooth decay can be treated with a dental filling or similar treatment to clear out the damage and seal the area. However, if the decay expands past the enamel and infects the inner pulp of the tooth, you will need a root canal. Also known as endodontic treatment, root canal therapy at Preferred Dental of Cromwell removes the infected pulp from the tooth, cleans the inner tooth canals, and uses a filling material to seal the tooth. Our skilled team of dentists recommends root canals to Cromwell, CT patients with infected teeth because it prevents the decay from spreading to other areas and creating a larger problem.
We understand that some patients have reservations about root canals due to worries about discomfort. A root canal is a very common dental therapy, but many people still put off seeing the dentist for a toothache because of their fears. This is why our team does their very best to make sure you are at ease and comfortable throughout your treatment. Our chairside dental assistants are warm, friendly, and able to relax most of our patients naturally. We also offer some options for sedation if your anxiety levels are high. Contact Preferred Dental of Cromwell to schedule a consultation with one of our leading dentists to learn more about root canal therapy and how this treatment can restore the function and health of your teeth.
An infection in the pulp of a tooth can be caused by a deep crack, a cavity in the tooth, or a physical trauma. Some of the most common signs that you may have an infected tooth are tooth or jaw pain, swelling or discoloration of the gums around the tooth, and changes in the color of the tooth. If the infected pulp is not removed, it will become increasingly painful as the infection spreads to other parts of your mouth. Schedule an appointment at Preferred Dental of Cromwell as soon as you feel or see something abnormal in your mouth. If you have fears or anxieties about visiting the dentist, please ask us about sedation options we employ to keep you calm and comfortable during your exam and treatment.
What To Expect
Before the procedure, you will discuss your sedation and/or anesthetic options with our experienced dentists. We want you to feel at ease and relaxed while you are at our office. Many patients request nitrous oxide sedation (laughing gas) or oral-conscious sedation to get them through a root canal. Our team is very understanding of dental anxieties, and we will help you make the appropriate decision on how to proceed.
During your endodontic procedure, we will access the inner chamber of your tooth and then carefully remove the infected pulp. From there, the inside of the empty chamber will be thoroughly sterilized to remove any lingering debris. Once it is cleaned, the tooth will be filled with a special material to seal and protect it. A crown may then be placed to strengthen the structure of your treated tooth.
Depending on the type of sedation that was used, you may need to have a responsible adult take you home after your procedure. Your mouth may feel sensitive or swollen, but this should not last for more than a few days. Any post-treatment discomfort can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers. You should schedule a follow-up appointment for six months after your root canal so our team can check to see that the infection is gone and that your mouth has healed fully. After your root canal follow-up, you should continue to schedule annual dental exams and bi-annual cleanings to maintain your dental health for the long-term.
During your consultation, a member of our team will go over your cost estimates so your treatment fits both your needs and budget. If you have dental insurance, we can contact your carrier to determine your coverage. If you don't have dental insurance, Preferred Dental of Cromwell accepts many payment methods, and we can help you find low-interest medical financing. Contact our Cromwell, CT office if you have questions about insurance we take, payments we accept, or how to secure medical financing to help with your treatment costs. We believe that dental care should be affordable and accessible to all patients.
Root Canal Therapy
With advancements being made in the dental industry every day, modern techniques have allowed root canal therapy to be a more streamlined and easy procedure to perform. Our team works hard to ensure that your root canal treatment at Preferred Dental of Cromwell will be a comfortable experience. Along with offering many options for sedation, we also work closely with patients to help them understand their treatment and keep them calm throughout their journey toward improved oral health. If you think you may need a root canal, or if you would like to learn more about the procedure, contact our Cromwell, CT office and speak to a member of our team.