Well over 15 million root canals are performed every year in this country, making this simple treatment one of the most common dental procedures performed. Root canal therapy can help save your natural teeth and prevent the need for replacement teeth, bridges, and dental implants.

What is root canal therapy?

The center of your tooth contains a collection of blood vessels called pulp. These blood vessels help to build the surrounding tooth. Sometimes the pulp becomes infected from deep decay, trauma to the tooth, or repeated dental procedures. When this occurs, you may need a non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp, also known as a root canal. Often times people with this type of infection experience swelling in the gums, pain in the tooth or gums, and sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. 

During root canal therapy, the injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. You are usually given local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. The procedure may take more than one visit depending on the extent of the treatment required. You will be fitted with a temporary crown to cover the natural tooth until the permanent crown is made at the lab and put in place in your mouth.

The recovery time after a root canal is very minimal. You will be able to drive home after the procedure and, in most cases, you will be fine to return to your normal routine right away. 

At Litchfield Dental Associates, we are dedicated to ensuring the well-being of our patients, and we have performed hundreds of root canals over the decades. If you are experiencing pain and discomfort in your teeth or gums, make an appointment with today for an exam and consultation on treatment options. Please fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you shortly, or call our office to make an appointment with our experienced dentists.