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Root Canal Therapy – Farmington, CT

We Can Save Your Natural Smile

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If you’re suffering from a toothache, you could have a serious oral health problem. In the middle of your tooth is a soft center called the pulp. It houses thousands of nerves that could become infected with harmful oral bacteria, causing severe pain and swelling along with several additional complications. Even though root canals have a bad reputation, they can help prevent your tooth from needing to be extracted, preserving your natural smile. At Farmington Valley Dental, you can rest assured that patient comfort is one of our top priorities. We utilize the latest dental technology so you won’t have to feel a thing during the procedure. Contact us if you have any questions or are wondering how root canal therapy can help you.

Why Do You Need Root Canal Therapy?

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Root canal therapy is a treatment that is typically recommended when the pulp and root of your tooth have become attacked by harmful oral bacteria, causing infection, damage, or disease. The roots of your teeth are vital to their health because they keep them alive and securely fastened to your jawbone. The pulp of your tooth houses nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues that can trigger severe pain when infected. If these issues are left untreated they can spread to surrounding teeth and put your entire mouth in jeopardy.

Some symptoms that you may experience include:

  • Severe toothache.
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures.
  • Discoloration of gums or teeth.
  • Swollen or tender gums.
  • Pimple-like bumps on the gums.

If you’re at home and notice any of these symptoms, be sure to contact us immediately so we can treat the issue and save your natural tooth from having to be extracted if possible.

What Can You Expect From the Procedure?

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Getting a root canal in Farmington is a generally straight-forward procedure. Dr. Peters will access the soft center of your tooth that has become infected. He’ll remove the damaged pulp that’s causing you pain and sanitize the area, removing any remaining bacteria and debris. Once it’s clean, we’ll seal the area to prevent any further damage.

During your second appointment, we’ll place a custom-crafted crown over your damaged tooth to repair the shape and strength of it. This will allow you to use it like you normally would without having to worry about any discomfort. The cap we’ll permanently place over it using a special dental cement will also shield it from bacteria.

How Do You Take Care of Your Teeth Afterward?

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It may surprise you to know that root canals have an undeserved bad reputation. The most recent advancements in dental technology and techniques have made the procedure as pain-free as possible. With dental anesthesia, you won’t be able to feel a thing during the treatment. Afterward, your dentist will give you special instructions if necessary. Typically, it’s recommended to steer clear of eating hard or sticky foods to prevent any additional damage. You’ll also want to keep up with your regular oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing every day.

If you have any questions or concerns about the process, or you’re experiencing symptoms that seem out-of-the-ordinary, contact us today. One of our dental professionals will be more than happy to help you!