Whay Do You Need a Root Canal?

Root canals are necessary when the pulp layer of a tooth becomes infected. Infection can lead to the loss of a tooth so it is necessary to remove the infection with root canal therapy. The procedure is generally comfortable and saves the natural tooth, prevents the spread of infection, and returns the smile to complete health.

Click on a thumbnail to the right to view the steps of a Root Canal procedure.

Don't Suffer With Tooth Pain

Do I Really Need Treatment?

Without treatment from a doctor for root canals, pus from the infected tooth can spread to the root tip and eventually pass to the jaw bone. This can cause an abscess, or a pus pocket, that can damage the bone that surrounds the tooth. The pressure this causes can result in excruciating pain and, if left untreated, can be life threatening. An infected tooth or one that is suffering from tooth decay cannot heal on its own and will only get worse. 

Signs That Indicate the Need for a Root Canal in Fairfield, CT

Prolonged tooth decay can affect the root of your tooth. Infection can spread to the pulp, the soft tissue in the center of your tooth. From there, it can reach the nerve of your tooth which is located in the pulp and root canals and must be removed to prevent the pain of tooth decay as well as the spread of infection. The procedure to remove the infected pulp and nerve is a root canal. If you have severe pain caused by tooth decay, contact our office to schedule an appointment with Demartin Dental Associates to determine whether you need a root canal in Fairfield, CT. Symptoms include:

• Excessive pain when chewing or biting down
• The presence of an abscess on the gums
• Swelling or pain in the gum tissue near the affected tooth
• Sensitivity to hot and cold food or drinks
• Tooth discoloration

What to Expect From Your Visit for a Root Canal in Fairfield, CT

During a root canal procedure, the treatment site is anesthetized and then isolated with a rubber dam. The pulp is accessed through an opening made in the top of the tooth. A dental file is utilized to remove the infected tissue and also to prepare the root canals of your tooth to accommodate a filling. Our doctors will then take an x-ray to ensure all of the infected tissue has been eliminated before the filling is placed in the opening.

In severe cases, a buildup may be necessary, which consists of strengthening the tooth with a post and core. Teeth which have had a root canal performed are usually reconstructed with a dental crown. A crown is a tooth colored cap that is used to cover and protect the underlying tooth structure. It also preserves the appearance and function of a tooth that has been damaged by tooth decay.

Severe, untreated tooth decay can result in the loss of a tooth. Seek root canal therapy now with our experts by calling Demartin Dental Associates for your appointment in Fairfield, CT.

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Demartin Dental Associates
69 Sherman Street
Fairfield, CT 06824

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About Us

We have been providing excellent dental care to our patients of all age groups in Fairfield County, Connecticut for almost five decades. Being in the same location for 50 years has made us distinguished in the community. We have built a rewarding relationship with the county and its people. They trust us with their dental care needs and we are committed to their oral health.