Your dentist in South Glastonbury, CT, has filled that back molar many times. What are the signs that tell your dentist, Dr. Steven Hinchey, that you need a root canal and what will it be like? At Glastonbury Center for Dental Medicine, count on accurate diagnosis and safe, effective treatment of a wide range of dental issues.
What is root canal therapy?
Root canal therapy, or endodontic therapy, removes diseased pulp from deep inside an injured tooth, including from its multiple root canals and central interior chamber. These areas contain nerves and blood vessels which nourish and support the tooth.
However, if injury or disease strike, the dentist can remove the pulp, disinfect the canals, seal the tooth, and cover it with a crown. This keeps the tooth in place and functional for years, avoiding needless extraction.
Signs you need a root canal
Sometimes a patient cannot tell a tooth is problematic. There simply are no symptoms. However, another person may have a painfully sensitive tooth which exhibits troublesome signs such as:
- A throbbing, persistent toothache
- Drainage that is smelly and foul-tasting
- A recurring pimple on the gums near the tooth
- Enamel discoloration
- A large chip or cracks
- Multiple large fillings or even loss of a filling
- Jaw and gum swelling
- Pain when the dentist gently taps on the tooth in question
Frankly, these symptoms need examination by your dentist in his South Glastonbury, CT, office. X-rays reveal the condition of the root and supporting jaw bone. He also may do a pulp vitality test which determines if the soft interior is sensitive to heat, cold, or electrical stimulation.
Most people do well with locally-injected numbing medication. The dentist installs a dam around the tooth to protect the rest of the mouth from bacteria.
To access the root canals, Dr. Hinchey creates small access holes with a high-speed drill. He uses tiny metal files to remove the pulp and smooth the canal walls. After instilling antibiotics, the dentist seals each canal with elastic gutta-percha and a temporary crown. After healing for a week or so, he'll place a realistic porcelain crown over the tooth.
Keep your tooth
That's the big benefit of root canal therapy. Plus, the procedure relieves all of those nasty symptoms you've been suffering with. Your restored tooth should last for years, says the American Association of Endodontists.
Get it done
Root canal therapy is highly successful; so don't wait. Your tooth can be better in no time with a trip to Glastonbury Center for Dental Medicine. Call today for your root canal consultation in South Glastonbury, CT, at (860) 633-6518.