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Root Canal Therapy – Trumbull, CT

Eliminating Pain and Stopping the Spread of Infection

A woman holding her cheek in pain

Root canal therapy in Trumbull isn’t the scary procedure others make it out to be. Over the years, it has received a bad reputation because of the misconception that the procedure itself causes immense pain. This couldn’t be farther from the truth because, in actuality, root canal therapy relieves the pain brought on by the infected tooth. Dr. Scott Cohen is trained to perform this type of procedure, and his ability to remove the bacteria inside your tooth’s root will help to alleviate any pain, as well as allow you to keep your natural tooth. If you want to save your tooth from possible extraction, let Dr. Cohen help. Call our office today to schedule an appointment.

How Do I Know if I Need a Root Canal?

The inner canals and root of a tooth

A toothache can sometimes be deceiving. You might simply have some food stuck between your teeth that you need to dislodge. Or, it could be that you have a sinus infection that is making your teeth feel as if someone is pounding on them continuously. Another option is that you have an infection in the pulp (inner portion) of your tooth, and when this occurs, the pain can be immense. As the bacteria inside your tooth grows, inflammation occurs which causes the pain.

If the pain doesn’t immediately alert you to a problem, here are some other signs that you might need a root canal:

  • The development of a sore (pimple-like) on your gums that appears near the infected tooth
  • Difficulty chewing or biting because of the feeling of discomfort
  • Fever
  • Swelling that appears on the side of your face
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks

It’s also important to know that root canals may be necessary even if pain is not a symptom. During your dental visit, Dr. Cohen will take an x-ray of your mouth, and if the infection appears, he might suggest root canal therapy depending on the severity.

How Does Root Canal Therapy Work?

A barrier being placed over a tooth for a root canal

It’s normal to be a bit anxious about any dental procedure, but rest assured, Dr. Cohen and his team will administer a local anesthetic to make you comfortable throughout the surgery. Once he is confident that you are at ease, he will begin by drilling a small hole in the top of the infected tooth. Using special instruments, he will clear out the infected tissue and remove it from the canals and pulp chamber within your tooth.

Once it is clean, he will fill disinfected it before filling the tooth with a substance called gutta-percha. This will fill the empty space and provide the additional support needed to restore the natural tooth structure. He will then place a tight seal to prevent bacteria from re-entering the tooth.

What Happens After a Root Canal?

A young man smiling

Once the procedure is complete, your dentist in Trumbull will provide you with an antibiotic that will keep infection away. In the days after your root canal therapy, your tooth will be extra sensitive, so avoid chewing on the side of your mouth with the weakened tooth and take an over-the-counter pain reliever to alleviate discomfort.

You will return to our office a few weeks after your root canal to have a customized crown placed over the tooth. This will give it added protection and allow you to chew and bite normally once again.