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Root Canals

Cedar Mountain Dental

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Newington, CT

Seeing your dentist at the first sign of a toothache helps restore your tooth and save it from extraction. At Cedar Mountain Dental in Newington, Connecticut, Zach Korwin, DMD, Gary Toubman, DDS, and their expert team offer same-day, emergency root canals to repair infected or decaying teeth. Schedule an appointment by phone or online to find out if a root canal is the right procedure for you.

Root Canals Q & A

What are root canals?

Root canals are dental restoration procedures to remove decay and infection from your tooth’s pulp. The procedure can prevent further decay and damage and save the tooth from falling out. Early detection and treatment give your provider the best chance of restoring your tooth.

Do I need a root canal?

Signs and symptoms of dental problems requiring a root canal include:

  • Swelling
  • Toothache
  • Pus near your gums
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Hole in your tooth
  • Crack in the tooth
  • Drainage
  • Bad breath
  • Tooth trauma

Not all tooth decay requires a root canal. You may need just a filling, crown, inlay, or onlay for minor tooth damage. If your dentist can’t restore a severely decayed tooth, you might require extraction.

What happens during a root canal?

Time is of the essence, which is why Cedar Mountain Dental providers offer same-day emergency dental appointments. They examine your teeth and gums and use dental X-rays to determine the severity of the tooth damage.

Your dentist numbs the treatment area, places a dental dam over the affected tooth, and makes a small opening in the top of your tooth to access the pulp. They use special tools to remove infection and damage, fill the pulp chamber with dental materials, and place a filling on top to seal your tooth.

The final step of a root canal is often crown placement. After a dental lab creates a custom-fit crown, your provider cements it in place to strengthen and protect the newly restored tooth.

What should I expect after the procedure?

After a root canal, your tooth might feel a little tender, but this side effect subsides within a few days. You can take over-the-counter pain relievers to ease discomfort. To care for your restored tooth, protect it with good at-home oral hygiene habits. Don’t chew on hard objects and wear a nightguard if your Cedar Mountain Dental specialist recommends it.

If you or a family member experiences tooth pain, schedule a same-day appointment with Cedar Mountain Dental by phone or online to find out if a root canal is a good option for you.