Root Canal Therapy Overview
When caught early, tooth decay is addressed with a standard filling or something similar to remove the decay and close off the area. But when the decay expands beyond the outer tooth and affects the inner portion of the tooth, you will need a root canal. Also known as an endodontic treatment, root canal therapy at Connecticut Endodontic Associates removes the infected pulp from the tooth, cleans the cavity, and then fills and seals the tooth. Our team of dentists may recommend this therapy to their Manchester and Windsor, CT patients because it treats the infection and keeps the decay from spreading to other teeth (and creating larger problems).
If you suspect you could benefit from root canal therapy, we understand if you might have reservations about having this procedure. Though root canals are common dental treatments, patients often put off going to the dentist to address tooth pain because of dental anxiety. Our excellent staff will do their very best to make sure you are at ease and comfortable, but we provide several methods of sedation for any fear and anxiety. Call Connecticut Endodontic Associates to schedule a consult for more information on root canal therapy and sedation dentistry.
Best Candidates for Root Canal Therapy
Infection that reaches the pulp of your tooth can be the result of a deep crack or cavity in the tooth or a physical injury. Some of the most common signs that you may have an infected tooth are tooth pain, jaw pain, swollen and discolored gums, and discoloration of the affected tooth. If the infected pulp is not removed, it will become increasingly painful as the infection spreads to other parts of your mouth. Set up an appointment at Connecticut Endodontic Associates as soon as you feel or see any changes in your mouth. If you have reservation and fears about going to the dentist, don't hesitate to ask us about sedation dentistry to help you remain calm and at ease during your exam and treatment.
What To Expect with Root Canal Therapy
Prior to the treatment, your anesthetic/sedation options will be discussed. We do not want you to feel fearful, anxious, or on-edge during your appointment. Many individuals request nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or oral-conscious sedation to get them through a root canal. Your dentist will be very understanding about your dental anxiety and will try to help you make the appropriate decision on how to proceed.
To perform an endodontic procedure, we will examine the innermost part of your tooth and then carefully remove the infected pulp. From there, the inner chamber will be thoroughly cleaned to eliminate any remaining decay. Once it is cleaned, the tooth is filled with a dental filler to seal and protect it from further decay.
Root Canal Therapy Recovery
Based on the method of sedation that was chosen, you might need to have an adult take you home following your procedure. You should expect your mouth to feel tender or swollen, but this should not last more than a few days and can be quelled with anti-inflammatory medications. You should schedule a follow-up appointment for about six months post-procedure. We will examine the area to see that the infection is gone and that there is no cause for concern. Afterward, you should continue to schedule annual dental checkups and twice yearly dental cleanings to optimize your oral health.
Root Canal Therapy Insurance Coverage
During your consultation, we will go over cost estimates to align your treatments with your health needs and your budget. If you have dental insurance, we will contact your provider to figure out your benefits. If you do not have dental insurance, Connecticut Endodontic Associates takes many payment methods, and we can assist you in finding medical financing options.
Improved oral health
Due to advances in medical techniques and technology, a root canal can be a quick, simple process to treat an infected tooth. In conjunction with your choice of sedation, your root canal at Connecticut Endodontic Associates can be free from discomfort to avoid further tooth pain and more serious complications. Call our office in Manchester and Windsor, CT to schedule a consult with one of our dentists to learn more about root canal therapy and to improve your dental health.