When is root canal therapy needed?
When a tooth has a deep infection, root canal therapy in New Haven, Connecticut, may be recommended. Damage to a tooth’s dental pulp can occur because of an injury or because of tooth decay that went untreated and became severe.
What should I expect during treatment?
First, a local anesthetic will be used to numb the area. Then Dr. Joseph Tagliarini will make an access hole in the tooth so that the infected pulp can be taken out. The pulp and any debris will be carefully removed through this hole. The inside of the tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and dried. Then the area will be filled with gutta percha and the access hole will be closed with a dental filling. In many cases, a dental crown will be placed to protect and support the structure of the tooth.
What happens after treatment?
After having a root canal, you may need to come back to Comprehensive Dental Health, LLC for a follow-up appointment to ensure that all the infection was removed successfully. A tooth that has been treated with root canal therapy can usually stay healthy for the rest of your life. However, the health of the treated tooth depends on how well you care for it. Be sure to uphold sufficient dental hygiene at home and to make and keep regular dental appointments.
For more information and to set up an appointment with our dentist, call our office at 203-624-5515 today.