General Dentistry & Orthodontics located in Greenwich and Stamford Area, Riverside, CT
A root canal allows you to save your tooth without pain. At Trusty Dental in Riverside, Connecticut, the skilled and compassionate dental care team makes sure you’re completely comfortable before performing a root canal that removes decay while preserving the healthy portion of the tooth. In the hands of highly capable experts, root canals are simple and easy. Make your appointment online or by phone today.
Root Canal Q&A
What is a root canal?
A root canal is an in-office treatment that alleviates pain associated with tooth decay. This procedure removes bacteria and decayed tissue within your tooth and tooth roots. It preserves the still-healthy part of your tooth to prevent the decay from advancing further. A root canal procedure at Trusty Dental can stop your tooth pain and save your tooth.
What are the symptoms of a tooth requiring a root canal?
Some tooth decay is confined to your tooth, but if you don't get a cavity filled, the damage can move into the tooth roots and require a root canal for removal. Symptoms that you might need a root canal include:
- Red gums
- Throbbing pain below the tooth
- Tooth darkening
- Tooth pain when eating
- Tooth sensitivity to extreme temperatures
- Pus leaking from the tooth
- Bump on your gum at the base of the tooth
If you notice any of these symptoms, reach out to Trusty Dental as soon as possible so they can stop your pain and other symptoms.
How does the dentist perform a root canal procedure?
First, you'll have intraoral X-rays using a tiny in-mouth camera. The bendable X-ray sensor minimizes discomfort during your X-rays. The images help your dental care team determine exactly where the damage is and how severe it is.
Trusty Dental uses painless anesthesia to ensure that your tooth's numb before your procedure starts. Your dentist at Trusty Dental makes a very small hole in the affected tooth and then uses specialized dental tools to extract all the bacteria and decayed tissue inside your tooth and its roots.
They'll irrigate the tooth to remove any lingering bacteria and then place a rubbery material called gutta percha in the tooth to stabilize it. Finally, you'll typically get a temporary filling or crown to wear until your permanent crown is ready. Your crown is important for tooth strength and stability, and it can also improve the appearance of a tooth darkened or otherwise affected by decay.
The Trusty Dental team can review your insurance plan and tell you the exact out-of-pocket cost of a root canal. Let Trusty Dental save your tooth with a painless root canal by calling the office or booking your appointment online today.