Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment

A root canal procedure can often be performed in one or two visits.

At Connecticut Endodontics in Old Saybrook, we perform root canal procedures every day to save our patients’ natural teeth.

Before beginning any root canal procedure, Dr. Morant, will examine your tooth. Usually an x-ray will be taken of the tooth and some testing will be performed in order to determine if root canal therapy is necessary to save the tooth. As an endodontist, Dr. Morant is a dentist who has undergone additional training in the field of Microsurgical Endodontics. An endodontist is an expert in diagnosing and treating tooth pain. If a root canal is determined to be necessary, then with your consent we will begin. It is our goal to make your treatment as comfortable and pleasant as possible.

First, we will begin by getting you numb. The key to a pleasant experience is thoroughly numbing the area we will be working on. A significant benefit of seeing an endodontist, or a root canal specialist, for your root canal treatment is our advanced ability to properly numb our patients for root canal procedures. We will not begin the procedure until your tooth is numb.

Getting a root canal is similar in sensation to getting a filling, with the exception that the endodontic visit lasts longer; about an hour. After the tooth is numb, the endodontist will place a small protective sheet, or “dental damn” over the area to keep it clean and free from saliva. You will be offered a prop to help keep your mouth open and relieve the pressure in your jaw.

Next the endodontist makes an opening in the crown of the tooth. The pulp is cleaned from the pulp chamber and root canals to create a space for filling.

A root canal procedure showing a tooth filled with gutta-percha filling.

A root canal filled with gutta-percha filling.

The endodontist then fills the root canals with a rubber-like material called “gutta-percha.” The gutta-percha is secured with an adhesive cement to ensure the sealing of the root canals. In most cases a temporary filling is used to close the opening. The filling will be removed by your dentist before the tooth is restored.

After the final visit with the endodontist, you’ll return to your dentist to have a crown or other restorative device placed on the tooth to protect and restore it. If the tooth lacks sufficient structure, your dentist or endodontist may place a post inside the tooth. Be sure to ask Dr. Morant about the specific details of your restoration plan.

A root canal procedure saves the patient’s natural tooth. This is certainly the most desirable outcome. There simply is no equal to preserving the natural tooth.

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If your dentist has told you that you might need a root canal or if you believe you might require a root canal procedure, please call us today to learn more about treatment options and how your natural smile can be preserved.

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