Root Canal Therapy in Danbury, CT

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What Is A Root Canal?

A broken or decayed tooth can often be corrected using a filling or alternative treatment. However, in cases where the damage has reached the inner core of the tooth (often called the pulp), a root canal treatment may be necessary to preserve the tooth and prevent an extraction. A root canal is an endodontic procedure performed at The Tooth Studio to eradicate contaminated pulp tissue and strengthen the damaged tooth to regain dental wellness. Dr. Shweta Gujaran addresses infected or centrally damaged teeth using gentle root canal treatment and provides sedation options to further boost patient comfort. If you are suffering because of an extremely damaged or abscessed tooth, we encourage you to reach out to our Danbury, CT dental office as soon as possible to discuss root canal therapy and other potential treatments.

What Are the Benefits of a Root Canal?

At The Tooth Studio in Danbury, CT, scaling and root planing is a key oral treatment that not only fights periodontal disease but also nurtures better dental health. Our patients prefer it for its many advantages to improve their oral health. These benefits include:

  • Effectively combats periodontal infection by eliminating accumulated plaque and tartar
  • Decreases the danger of gum disease advancement
  • Helps prevent tooth loss and jawbone atrophy
  • Takes off buildup and lightens the appearance of the teeth
  • May relieve bad breath brought on by periodontal disease
  • Can help lessen tooth sensitivity to cold and hot items
  • Helps prevent periodontal complications, including heart disease and diabetes

Are You a Candidate for a Root Canal?

Abscessed inner pulp might be attributed to severe tooth decay, a crack, or damage. Dr. Gujaran can order a digital scan and perform an oral evaluation to determine if a root canal or other treatment is required to soothe tooth pain and recover your dental health.

Some symptoms that suggest the need for a root canal are intense or throbbing tooth pain, persistent oral pain, aching while eating, and sensitivity to hot and mild temperatures. You may also experience swelling focused around the face or gumline, a painful bump on the gum tissues, or a color change of a tooth following a trauma.

How Does A Root Canal Work?

Thanks to advances in dental techniques, root canal treatments are now fairly comfortable, and additional steps can be taken to ensure your comfort for the procedure. Root canals are performed at our Danbury, CT office using local anesthesia and can be paired with further sedation methods for patients with severe dental phobias. Once the tooth has been numbed, a screen is placed around it to protect the surrounding teeth and gums. The diseased area will then be accessed through a small opening created in the top of the tooth. The pulp, the structure that comprises the nerve center and blood storage inside of every tooth, will be taken out, and the region will be restructured utilizing handheld endodontic tools prior to being entirely cleaned. Dr. Gujaran can then close off the compromised tooth with a medical-grade sealant and follow that with an anesthetic filling to encourage the recovery process.

Had the good fortune of vising Dr. Shweta Gujaran twice over the past two weeks. One of my teeth located in upper back left side chipped and left a very uncomfortable edge. Fortunately, on short notice I was able to schedule an appt. Dr. Gujaran determined a new crown was needed and promptly fitted me for my temporary crown. Returned to Dr. Gujaran's office today to have a new permanent crown installed. New color matched crown fits perfectly with no sensitivity, proper spacing and no bite issues. Courteous staff, complimentary beverages and new clean state of the art office and dentistry equipment. Highly recommended.

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This was by far my best ever dental experience! Gentle touches, new equipment, state-of-the-art methods & beautiful, peaceful surroundings made this not just bearable but actually pleasant & enjoyable. I'll return here every time I have need to and have already sung their praises to our prayer/Bible study group! Today I went back for a number of fillings and was very pleased with the care, explanations and surroundings here. I couldn't recommend the Tooth Studio more! Back again for 2 crown replacements & a wisdom tooth filling today. Very happy with the service and the temporary crown is by far the best I've ever had!

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The dental pain you were experiencing before your endodontic treatment should begin to subside as soon as the root canal is complete. Over-the-counter pain medication could also be used to reduce any aches or swelling that develops after your visit. Dr. Gujaran will schedule a follow-up appointment a couple of weeks after your treatment so she can assess your healing progress. Teeth corrected with endodontic procedures are at a higher risk of deterioration and may need the protection of a dental crown once fully healed. A custom restoration may then be designed to restore the health and appearance of your tooth.

Prevent Future Dental Problems

Chipped or abscessed teeth can cause pain and significant dental problems later on if they aren't properly addressed. Performed in a calming environment, root canal therapy at The Tooth Studio can help you save a damaged tooth and preserve your overall oral health. Reach out to our practice in Danbury, CT to arrange an appointment with Dr. Gujaran, and find out about our specialized endodontic therapy.

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How do I know if I need a root canal?

If you're experiencing symptoms like severe toothache, sensitivity to hot or cold, swelling, or a darkening of the tooth, it's possible you might need a root canal. These signs often indicate an infection or damage to the tooth's pulp, which is where the nerves and blood vessels reside. Our team at The Tooth Studio can provide a definitive diagnosis through an oral examination and dental x-rays.

How much does a root canal hurt?

Contrary to what you might have heard, modern root canal therapy is much less painful than many people expect. At The Tooth Studio, Dr. Gujaran uses advanced techniques and local anesthesia to minimize any potential pain. Most patients report feeling no more discomfort than during a filling. Post-procedure, there may be some tenderness, but this is typically manageable with over-the-counter pain relievers.

What is the healing process like after a root canal?

After your root canal, you may experience mild soreness for a few days, but this usually subsides quickly. Dr. Gujaran will provide specific aftercare instructions to ensure a smooth recovery. It's important to avoid chewing with the treated tooth until it's fully restored with a crown or filling. Following these guidelines will help you return to your normal routine as quickly as possible.

Are there any alternative treatments?

While a root canal is often the best option to save a tooth, alternatives do exist. These might include a tooth extraction followed by a dental restoration, such as an implant or bridge. However, these alternatives usually involve more extensive treatment and higher costs. During your visit to our office in Danbury, CT, Dr. Gujaran will discuss all available options with you to determine the best course of action for your specific dental needs.

Will I need a root canal even if my tooth doesn't hurt?

A tooth can be damaged or infected without causing pain. Infections or decay may still be present, potentially leading to more severe issues. Dr. Gujaran can determine if a root canal is necessary through an examination and x-rays to prevent future complications.

What are the risks of ignoring a tooth infection?

Ignoring a tooth infection can lead to severe pain and abscess formation, which are pockets of pus caused by the infection. If left untreated, the infection can spread to other parts of the body, including the jaw, neck, and even the bloodstream, leading to serious health problems. Additionally, the affected tooth may become so damaged that it requires extraction.

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