What is a root canal?
At the center of your tooth is a soft layer known as the dental pulp. This pulp contains the tooth’s blood vessels, nerves, and other living tissues. If the dental pulp becomes infected or injured, you may need root canal therapy. If not properly treated, infected dental pulp can ultimately result in the tooth’s death. To prevent this, our dentist may recommend root canal therapy.

What happens during a root canal?
If you need a root canal in Wallingford, Connecticut, our skilled dentist will administer the proper sedation and carefully remove the infected dental pulp. Then, our team will gently clean and sanitize the area and fill the tooth with a medicated material. Finally, your tooth will be sealed and we will complete the procedure with a crown, which helps to protect the tooth and restore its structure.

Do I need a root canal?
We encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Michael P. Gaudio to determine whether you need root canal therapy if you are suffering from any of the following symptoms of tooth infection:

  • A painful, persistent pimple on the gums near the tooth
  • Pain when putting pressure on the tooth, such as when chewing or biting down
  • Persistent, intense tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
  • A discolored tooth
  • Swollen or tender gums

If you have any questions about root canal therapy, please feel free to contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you.