A root canal is a treatment for teeth that are cracked, abscessed, or that may have had a very large cavity reach the nerve. Without it, the tooth would have to be pulled because there would be no way for us to save it.
What’s Involved and Will it Hurt?
Dr. Joseph Tartagni, DMD & Associates strive to ensure your comfort from the start of endodontic treatment until it’s completed. We’ll use gentle anesthetic to numb the area, but oral sedation is available if you prefer not to remember anything. The length of the procedure will vary, as some teeth have more roots than others, and even the curvature of the root is a factor.
After the tooth is numbed up, we’ll clean out the damaged tooth structures and infected nerve tissues. Once the canal is hollowed out, it is cleaned, medicated, and completely sealed off to prevent any type of recurrent infection (such as an abscess.)
FACT: Delaying a root canal isn’t just painful, the infection can spread to other parts of your body.
Delaying a root canal would just allow the infection to spread to other teeth or even deeper into the body. In rare situations, children have had to be hospitalized due to the infection going untreated.
If you’re in severe pain, it’s probably due to the swelling caused by the bacterial infection. In such cases, we may decide to have you take an antibiotic for about a week before we start treatment.
Laser Treatment and Crown Prep
After your root canal, you’ll need a crown to protect your tooth and keep it from breaking down. Our Periolase soft tissue laser helps us to ensure the best fitting crown possible, with very little tissue discomfort. That way you can smile with confidence!
Why drive all over Milford of West Haven looking for an endodontist, when you can get experienced, gentle care at Shoreline Dental Care? We’re happy to accept new patients. Call us today!