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Root Canal Therapy in Wethersfield

Endodontic treatment

Man in dental chair holding cheekEndodontic treatment is a specialized subset of dentistry that focuses just on the inner pulp and nerve structures of the tooth. One of the most common procedures associated with endodontics is root canal therapy, which becomes necessary when a tooth is so badly infected that the harmful bacteria has reached these vulnerable inner nerves within the canal(s). At Dolan Dental, we can rescue the natural tooth and alleviate severe oral pain for the sake of our patients’ ongoing wellbeing. Please contact our Wethersfield, CT practice today to get started!

How do I Know I Need a Root Canal?

The only way to know for certain that you need a root canal is to visit our office for an exam and treatment consultation. However, we see most patients in need of root canal treatments on an emergency basis, so it’s important for patients to be aware of the warning signs that they may need a root canal. Some of the most common symptoms include:

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  • Severe toothache that may be a dull constant throb, sharp pain when biting down, or both
  • Sensitivity that lingers after exposure to heat or cold
  • Discoloration of the tooth, usually darkening near the gum line
  • Swelling, irritation, inflammation, or infection in the gums around a single tooth

How does Root Canal Therapy Work?

Man in dental chair giving thumbs upDuring root canal therapy, Dr. Thomas Dolan or Dr. Brendan Dolan will carefully access the inner chamber of the affected tooth, allowing them to remove infected tissue and thoroughly clean the area. We then replace the original pulp with a safe substitute that’s known as gutta percha before sealing the area in order to reduce the risk of further infection. In most cases, it is strongly recommended that the patient has a new dental restoration (usually a crown) placed over the tooth so that its natural structure and strength is returned. This placement is also likely to increase the success of the procedure!

Should I Consider Sedation Dentistry?

Many patients become nervous or agitated when they hear the words “root canal,” and we understand why. However, it’s important to remember that advancements in dental technology and local anesthetics have resulted in the root canal process becoming much safer and more comfortable over time. If you determine you’re in need of dental sedation, we are happy to offer nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedatives to help patients achieve the optimal level of comfort throughout treatment.

What Happens After Root Canal Therapy?

Relaxed woman smiling in dental chairFollowing your root canal therapy, you will likely experience significant relief from the toothache pain and dental sensitivity that preceded the need for this treatment. However, you may notice some swelling and irritation in the soft tissue around the treated tooth, and patients are likely to experience some soreness. Painkillers can be used to treat this issue until the sensation subsides. We may also prescribe oral and/or topical antibiotic treatments to reduce the numbers of oral bacteria and improve your health, if there is infection around the treated tooth. We will also talk to you about how to care for your tooth following root canal treatment, including using soft bristled toothbrushes and minimally abrasive toothpastes to avoid wearing the dental crown that protects your treated tooth.