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At our dental office, we are not surprised when patients appear anxious as they are told they may require a root canal to restore an infected or inflamed tooth. People often react that way, as they believe that a root canal is painful. However, having a root canal is like having a dental filling performed, and you will be comfortable during the procedure. Our goal is to relieve current tooth pain while saving your tooth!

So what does your tooth look like underneath its white exterior? The part you see is the tough outer layer of tooth enamel. Enamel covers a layer of dentin which covers the tooth pulp. The tooth pulp is made up of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. The pulp is also the part of the tooth that benefits from root canal therapy if it is infected or inflamed.

So what does a root canal procedure entail? You can expect the following:

— X-rays will be taken to determine where the infection is located.

— The tooth will receive a local numbing agent to make the experience comfortable.

— The infected pulp will be removed and the area thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

— A rubbery material called gutta-percha will be placed in the cleaned and disinfected area to fill and seal the tooth.

— A temporary filling material will be placed over the gutta-percha until a permanent filling or crown can be placed on the tooth. One the tooth is restored it will function normally again.

If you have an infected tooth, don’t put off having root canal therapy performed. Not only will we save your tooth, but it will be pain-free again.

If you would like to know more or to schedule a visit with Dr. Michael P. Gaudio, we invite you to call 203-265-3355 today. Our Michael P. Gaudio, D.M.D. team in Wallingford, Connecticut, looks forward to restoring your healthy smile!