Root Canal Treatment
A root canal treatment is needed when a tooth has become infected. Poor oral hygiene can lead to buildup of tartar and plaque which leads to bacteria growing and infections. When an infection occurs, the inside "pulp" of a tooth where the nerves, blood vessels, and soft tissue is keeping the tooth alive, becomes infected. If left untreated it can spread to the gum tissue and adjacent teeth or worse to the bone. In extreme cases, it can lead to tooth loss. Here at Parkway Dental, our team of doctors knows how important it is to treat the infection immediately, that is why they can perform the treatment in one visit so your pain and dental health are quickly taken care of.
Symptoms associated with tooth infections can range from tenderness, redness, abscesses, bleeding and mild to extreme pain. Sometimes, patients have a tooth infection and not suffer any symptoms; that is why it is important to visit your dentist regularly, so such problems can be detected early and treated immediately. Not only is your dental health at risk but also your overall health if an infection is left untreated.
Root Canal Procedure:
- Our doctor will examine your mouth thoroughly to determine the source of infection and the area infected
- Digital X-rays might be order to see if the bone or other teeth have been affected
- Our doctor will then clean the area and prep it for treatment using local anesthetics such as gels and injections to numb the area and block any pain during the procedure
- A small hole is drilled on the top of the tooth to access the infected pulp
- The infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth thoroughly clean to remove the infection and any bacteria left
- A filling is placed to replace the pulp and a crown place over the tooth to seal and protect the tooth
Extremely good oral hygiene is highly encouraged after a root canal treatment to avoid reinfection and avoid new infections later on.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms related to a tooth infection, a root canal treatment might be needed to stop the infection and alleviate your pain. Call us at (203) 408-2248 or visit our office at 1869 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden CT 06514 to make an appointment today!