If you are experiencing a persistent toothache, Dr. Joseph Worthington, your dentist in Fairfield, CT, may be able to treat the problem with the help of root canal treatment. Read on to learn more about this smile-saving procedure, and how Dr. Worthington uses it to help his patients.
What is a Root Canal?
Sometimes the tooth's soft core (i.e. the dental pulp) develops infection or inflammation from deep decay, injury, a crack, or repeated dental procedures. This then may affect the way you eat, speak, and feel about your smile. Root canal treatment involves saving the tooth by removing this diseased pulp.
Signs that you may need a root canal include prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold beverages, swelling/tenderness, discoloration, and aching pain.
How Root Canal Treatment Can Save Your Smile
When the tissues in the teeth are healthy, they thrive, meaning that you can smile without worry, chew with full force, and live a pain-free lifestyle. When teeth are infected and inflamed, on the other hand, you'll experience severe pain, pimples on the gums, and periodontal tissue that is swollen and tender. Undergoing root canal treatment saves your smile by enhancing both your oral and overall health, as well as halting the spread of infection. Root canal treatment can also preserve your jawbone by preventing it from deterioration.
What to Expect From the Procedure
When visiting your Fairfield, CT, dentist, Dr. Joseph Worthington, for a root canal, he will ensure that you're as comfortable as possible during treatment. First, anesthesia is administered and the dental pulp is carefully removed. The area is then cleaned and disinfected to prevent reinfection. Lastly, the root canals are shaped, and a sealant called gutta-percha is used to fill the space. There is no downtime when you select this procedure, but when you leave our office, we recommend resting for at least 24 hours before resuming your activities.
Concerned? Give Us a Call
To learn more about root canal treatment and other services provided, visit our website. For appointment scheduling at our Fairfield office, please call (203) 256-8073 to reach Worthington Advanced Dentistry.