Root Canal Therapy

root_canal1Gentle Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is performed when a tooth has severe decay or an infection. The procedure can save a tooth as opposed to having it extracted. With the state-of-the-art technology now available, root canal therapy is no longer the dreaded, painful procedure it once was. In fact, root canal therapy is done with minimal pain, much like filling a cavity.

Our comfortable Root Canal procedure

ZitnayportraitDr. Zitnay is very experienced in root canal therapy. When she finds that there is too much decay in a tooth, or the tooth has an infection, she may recommend root canal therapy as the best solution. This procedure effectively removes the infected pulp of the tooth. Without removing the pulp, the infection can spread to other teeth and tissues.

Dr. Zitnay uses advanced rotary instruments in keeping with the most current technology for root canal therapy. This is a faster yet very thorough method of cleaning out the pulp of the tooth, which means it is quicker and much more comfortable for the patient. In fact, a root canal can often be completed in just one visit.

How the procedure works

The first action taken will be to numb the tooth with a painless injection. Then Dr. Zitnay will use rotary instruments to clean out the pulp chamber, including the nerve system. The chamber will then be filled with a filling material and sealed. Sometimes she may also place medication in the chamber if it’s needed. Depending upon the extent of the root canal therapy, the tooth will either be sealed with a filling or it may require a crown to protect the tooth.

Signs you may need Root Canal Therapy

shutterstock_73558183Common reasons for needing root canal therapy include:

  • A very painful toothache that keeps you from sleeping
  • Pain or discomfort while chewing or biting food
  • Pain that spreads from the tooth to the ear, jaw or head
  • Certain conditions of a tooth, such as extensive decay or fractures and chips
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold elements with a dull or severe toothache that may also throb
  • Gums that are tender or swollen and may release blood or pus if pressure is applied

If you experience any of the symptoms above, it’s important to have a thorough examination. The symptoms can also be indications of gum disease, tooth decay or other dental problems. Dr. Zitnay will be able to advise you as to whether you need root canal therapy or a different solution.

To make an appointment, call 203.378.9500 or click here to request an appointment online.