Root Canal Therapy – Bridgeport, CT
Root Canal Therapy Relieves Pain Fast
Dr. Gupta and Dr. Curtis often recommend a root canal to relieve pain and save a tooth from extraction. And with modern techniques, the procedure is virtually painless. In fact, Dr. Curtis literally “wrote the book” on state-of-the-art root canal therapy for other dental professionals, so you can rest assured that you’ll benefit from his experience and expertise. His technique is so comfortable that many patients even doze off during treatment! If you’d like a second opinion or simply want to schedule a consultation, give us a call today. We serve patients throughout the Stratford, Trumbull, and Bridgeport areas in our convenient Commerce Park practice.
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy in Bridgeport treats the inside of a tooth, where the nerve and pulp (blood supply) are located. Removing damaged or infected tissue from these inner layers relieves the pain from a toothache and saves the remaining structure of the tooth. This prevents the need for an extraction and subsequent replacement with an implant, bridge, or partial denture.
When a cavity is small enough and hasn’t reached the center of a tooth, a simple filling or dental crown can repair it. But once the pulp and nerve have been affected, a root canal is the only way to treat the source of the problem while preserving the rest of the tooth.
Signs That You May Need a Root Canal
Although it’s fairly uncommon, sometimes there are no symptoms that a root canal is necessary because the nerve of a tooth has “quietly died” before causing any pain or problems. However, in most cases, one of the following symptoms is present:
- Pain that lingers after consuming something hot or cold
- Facial swelling on one side
- Severe pain or discomfort when chewing
- A pimple-like bump on the gums
- A single tooth that becomes very dark or discolored
What Is the Procedure Like?
Dr. Gupta and Dr. Curtis typically complete a root canal in just one visit. They’ll start by making sure you’re completely numb so you won’t feel a thing during the procedure. We also offer sedation options to make the appointment comfortable for anxious or fearful patients.
Next, we’ll create a small hole in the tooth to access the inner layers and remove the damaged or infected tissue. Then we’ll fill the root canals with a rubbery substance called gutta percha and seal the opening that was made with a tooth-colored material.
Also, keep in mind that a root canal removes the blood supply of a tooth, so it will naturally be weaker and more brittle than usual. We often recommend a dental crown to restore your tooth’s strength, so it’s a good idea to be careful with hard or crunchy foods and chew on the opposite side of your mouth until that’s been done.
What Is the Recovery Like?
It’s normal to have some lingering sensitivity for a few days as the inflammation that was previously in the tooth heals. This is well managed with over-the-counter pain medication, which we’ll discuss at your appointment.
It’s important to continue keeping the area clean with good brushing and flossing habits and coming in for regular checkups. As a dentist in Bridgeport, we’re focused on prevention and want to regularly monitor all of your teeth and dental work to make sure everything stays healthy.