If you had a bad toothache, would you rather save the tooth or have the tooth pulled? The answer, of course, is practically obvious. Save the tooth! More often than not, saving a tooth may require a root canal, especially if the toothache is caused by an infection deep within the tooth. With root canal therapy, Dr. Thaddeus S. Michalski and his staff in Rocky Hill, CT, can save the tooth and your smile.
A root canal is dental procedure that removes infected pulp tissue from the innermost part of a tooth. Dental pulp is comprised of nerve and lymph tissue, as well as blood vessels. This pulp may become infected as a result of oral bacteria that migrates to the pulp through a deep cavity; a crack in the tooth that penetrates the pulp; or a powerful hit to the face. The resultant infection can cause significant pain and runs the risk of spreading beyond the tooth.
The signs and symptoms of diseased or infected tooth pulp may include:
- Moderate to severe tooth pain
- Swollen gums around the affected tooth
- A tooth that is discolored
- Visible signs of infection on an x-ray
Once Dr. Michalski confirms that a tooth is deeply infected, he will recommend root canal therapy. During a root canal, Dr. Michalski will clean out the bacteria and infection, as well as remove the nerve, lymph and blood tissue from inside the tooth and its roots. The tooth is filled with a material that prevents the infection from returning, and then the tooth is typically outfitted for a protective crown that ensures the tooth’s strength and functionality. Once the root canal is completed and the crown is in place, the tooth can last for a lifetime with proper brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups.
Call the Office of Dr. Michalski Today
If you are experiencing tooth pain, don’t delay for another moment. Call the office of Dr. Michalski in Rocky Hill, CT, where he and his staff will gently and professionally determine the cause of your pain and whether or not a root canal is the solution. Our office also serves patients in Hartford, Wethersfield, Cromwell, Newington and Berlin.