Root canals are among the most common dental procedures performed. Our endodontists offer this treatment to save your natural teeth and prevent the need for a dental implant or bridge. We welcome you to call Advanced Endodontics & Microsurgery of Stamford, PC at 203-324-9239 to make your appointment with Drs. Allen Rosenthal and Agnes Herceg, and to learn more about root canal therapy in Stamford, Connecticut.
At the center of your tooth is pulp, a collection of soft blood vessels and nerves that help to build and support the surrounding tooth, keeping it healthy and functional. When you experience trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracking and chipping, or repeated dental procedures, it can cause infection to develop in the pulp. Symptoms of infection include visible injury, swelling, sensitivity to temperature, and pain in the tooth and gums.
If the pulp of your tooth becomes infected, our endodontists can perform a root canal treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp and restore the health of your tooth. This therapy may involve one or more visits, depending on the extent of the treatment required, and you will be provided with a local anesthetic to eliminate your discomfort and minimize pain during your procedure. If necessary, we will also provide you with nitrous oxide.
When you receive a root canal treatment, our doctors will clean out the canals of your tooth, removing the infected pulp, and fill the tooth with a special material to seal it and prevent future infection. Following your treatment, records will be sent to your restorative or family dentist. You should contact your dentist within a few weeks of your root canal treatment to make an appointment for a restoration, usually a dental crown.
Please remember to practice good dental hygiene to prevent further decay and the need for future treatments.
The cost of your root canal therapy will depend on the severity of the damage to the affected tooth and which tooth is affected. Generally speaking, endodontic treatment is less expensive than treatments involving the extraction and replacement of the tooth.
For more information on root canal therapy and to schedule your consultation with our endodontists, please contact our office today.
Dispelling Myths About Root Canal Treatment
Drs. Allen Rosenthal and Agnes Herceg are aware of the misinformation and confusion surrounding root canal treatment. Medical and dental research has shown that root canal treatment is effective and safe, and that it eliminates pain. If you have heard of the “focal infection theory,” know that this was dispelled by research more than 60 years ago. Continued advancements in dental techniques and technology that are utilized in root canal treatment have made the procedure even more predictable and successful.
The AAE offers many resources for patients like you who have questions or concerns about root canal treatment, including:
- Root Canal Safety Fact Sheet
- Root Canal Safety Talking Points
- Root Canal Safety Video
- Myths About Root Canals
- Tooth Saving Tips
If you would like to lean more about root canal safety, please visit the American Association of Endodontists website.