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How root canal treatment in Wallingford, CT can save your tooth

Do you suffer from frequent toothaches, sensitivity, or infections of the gums around teeth? These are among the most common symptoms of an infected root canal. Don’t worry – root canal treatment at Wolfy Dental Group in Wallingford, CT, is a comfortable, reliable procedure that saves your natural tooth.

What is root canal treatment

It is a sophisticated procedure that eliminates infection and removes damaged soft tissues inside of a tooth. The problem often begins with a break, fracture, or untreated cavity. When the hard outer layers of dentin and enamel are compromised, bacteria can reach the soft pulp inside of your tooth. This pulp contains nerves, blood vessels, and other soft tissues. Once infection sets in, the pulp will not heal itself.

A root canal procedure begins with completely numbing the tooth to ensure that you do not feel any pain. Next, your dentist will create a small opening in the upper part of the tooth, allowing access to the inner chambers and canals that contain dental pulp. Specialized tiny instruments are used to remove damaged and diseased tissue. The area is sterilized and then filled with a rubbery material to seal out bacteria and prevent reinfection. Lastly, the tooth is restored, usually with a dental crown. With our CEREC technology, the dental crown can be created and placed during the same appointment in just a couple of hours.

The benefits of root canal treatment

Injured or infected dental pulp will not get better on its own. Without treatment, the pain will worsen, and the infection will spread until, eventually, the tooth needs to be extracted. Root canal treatment will put a stop to the pain and allow you to keep your natural tooth. Although the nerves and vessels inside of the tooth are removed, it is nourished by surrounding tissue. That means your tooth will be strong, healthy, and beautiful for many years to come.

The advantages of saving your natural tooth include:

  • Restore optimal chewing functionality.
  • Protect other teeth from excessive strain and wear.
  • Maintain normal biting force and sensations.
  • Avoid the need for implants or other tooth replacement.

Early treatment is best

If you have a damaged or painful tooth, do not suffer in silence. We are here to help. Just give us a call at (203) 902-3629 and schedule an appointment today.