Pain-Free Root Canal Procedure From Plainville, CT Dentist Office
What is a root canal? A root canal procedure is a common endodontic treatment for a severely decayed or infected tooth, in an effort to save it. Endodontics is a specialty in dentistry that is focused on treating the dental pulp and root tissues of the tooth. Although many people shudder when hearing the words “root canal,” its notorious reputation can be set aside at Gentle Dental Care, where we provide IV sedation for a pain-free and anxiety-free procedure. In fact, with the use of sedation, we can often complete several different dental procedures for you in one comfortable appointment.
Signs You May Need a Root Canal
- Severe toothache when chewing or applying pressure
- Prolonged sensitivity to sweets, heat, cold, or air
- Darkening or discoloration of the tooth
- Swelling and tenderness in surrounding gum tissue
- Cyst or abscess on the gum
The Root Canal Procedure
When you are numb from the local anesthesia, Plainville, CT dentist, Dr. Peltzer will remove the infected lining inside of the tooth using a completely painless, hi-tech root canal rotary instrument. He will clean the inside of the tooth and seal the tooth with special filling material. After the root canal procedure, a permanent crown is needed to protect the tooth. Dr. Peltzer will take an impression of the tooth to make a mold for the crown. Your tooth can be covered with a temporary crown until the permanent crown is ready to be cemented into place.
After your root canal procedure, you will probably be groggy from the sedation and numb from the local anesthetic. As with any procedure using IV sedation, you should plan to have someone else drive you home.
When the sedation wears off, you can expect some throbbing and some discomfort for a day or two following your root canal. Prescribed root canal pain medicine or over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs should alleviate your discomfort. Follow Dr. Peltzer’s instructions for aftercare to ensure a rapid recovery.
Root Canal vs. Extraction
Many people wonder why we go to so much trouble to save a decayed or damaged tooth, when it seems easier to just have the tooth pulled. The main reason we try to save your tooth has to do with avoiding what happens to your remaining teeth, jaw, and appearance after a tooth is lost or extracted.
When a tooth is missing or extracted, several things happen. First, the jawbone in that area begins to deteriorate or shrink because it no longer has a tooth to support. Second, in the gap where a tooth used to be, space is created for other teeth to shift out of their correct positions, affecting alignment and proper bite. Then, the area over the empty space, where the tooth was located, can create a sunken facial appearance, which can make you look older.
If a tooth cannot be saved by a root canal, it is very important to discuss tooth replacement options with Dr. Peltzer. You need to be able to chew your food, speak clearly, and smile without embarrassment. Dental implants, a bridge, or another option can help preserve the integrity of your jaw, your alignment, and your appearance.
Do you have questions about pain-free root canal to our Plainville, CT dentist? If you suspect you have a problem tooth that may need a root canal, please call Gentle Dental Care at 860-479-2397 or use our online form to request information or to schedule an appointment.
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