Root Canal Therapy
Root Canal Therapy Relieves Pain Fast
Dr. Gupta often recommends a root canal to relieve pain and save a tooth from extraction. And with modern techniques, the procedure is virtually painless. You can rest assured that you’ll benefit from her experience and expertise. Her 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 typically completes a root canal in just one visit. She’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.
Root Canal FAQs
If your dentist recently recommended you receive a root canal, it’s normal to be a bit apprehensive because of their bad reputation for being painful. Our office embraces the latest techniques in dentistry to ensure your comfort. Your dentist will explain the procedure and address your concerns during your initial consultation. Here are the answers to a few of the most common questions we hear to help ease your worries until your appointment.
Is root canal therapy painful?
Let’s face it, root canals have a very bad reputation for being painful. Although this may have been true in the past, now they aren’t any worse than a traditional dental filling. Our office uses the latest tools and techniques to make the procedure less invasive. Our patients’ comfort is our top priority, which is why we also offer sedation dentistry to ensure a stress-free appointment.
How many appointments will I need?
Traditionally, a root canal requires two appointments; however, our dental office features the latest technology, so we can complete the entire process in one visit after having your initial consultation. We know your time is valuable, which is why we offer same-day root canals with post crown prep.
Should I have my tooth extracted instead?
Having a bothersome tooth extracted may seem like the best solution. Although it will treat the issue right away, it can lead to big complications down the road because every tooth is invaluable to your oral health and functions. When even one is missing, it significantly increases your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, additional tooth loss, and many other preventable issues. Not to mention, you’ll need to invest in a lifelong solution to fill the empty space.
You can avoid the complications of missing teeth by saving your tooth with a root canal. The endodontic procedure restores the health and integrity of your tooth, allowing it to stay in place for a lifetime with the right aftercare.
Will my dental insurance pay for my root canal?
Although every policy differs, most insurance carriers cover 20% to 80% of the cost of root canals. We’ll work on your behalf with your dental insurance to file the necessary claims and paperwork for reimbursement. We’ll explain how your benefits are being used and your responsible portion of the treatment.
Our office accepts several payment options, including third-party financing with CareCredit. We’ll help you find the solutions you need to save your tooth while staying within your budget.
Can I wait to have my tooth treated?
Your life is busy, and you don’t have time for a dental appointment. Although it’s tempting to wait until you have more time in your day to treat your tooth, this is never a good idea. Delaying the care that you need can compromise your oral health. The infection can damage your tooth to the point it can’t be saved. The infection can also spread into the surrounding structures and even into your bloodstream. It’s best to have your tooth treated as soon as possible with a one-visit root canal.