Root canal therapy, often just called a “root canal” for short, is a treatment that’s used to treat tooth infections. Teeth become infected when a large cavity eats through the outer layer of enamel, or a dental injury cracks the outer layers of the tooth.
When this happens, bacteria are able to enter the interior of the tooth and infect the pulp. The pulp contains the blood vessels and nerves that keep your tooth alive. As the infection progresses, it will kill the pulp and eventually kill your tooth.
But with a root canal at ONE ENDO, one of our Norwalk endodontists can treat your tooth infection and restore your smile. Root canals involve creating an opening in the top of your tooth, and then using dental tools to remove damaged and infected tooth material from the inside of the tooth.
Then, once your tooth has been cleaned and sanitized, it will be capped with a dental crown, which protects it from further damage. With a root canal in Norwalk, you can get treatment for your tooth infection and restore your smile. Contact ONE ENDO’s Norwalk office today to schedule a consultation.
First, your Norwalk endodontist will clean and numb the treatment area. Then, they will create a small opening in the top of the tooth to access the interior of the tooth.
After opening up your tooth, your endodontist will use dental tools to remove any decayed and infected pulp from inside of your tooth. This helps remove the majority of the infection.
After cleaning the inside of your tooth, your dentist will flush the tooth’s interior with special disinfectant to remove any lingering bacteria and sanitize the tooth.
Finally, your endodontist will fill up the interior of your tooth with a material called “gutta-percha,” and place a temporary filling or crown. You’ll typically need to come back to ONE ENDO to get a permanent crown.
If you don’t get a root canal to treat your tooth infection in Norwalk, the infection will only get worse. As the infection continues to worsen, it will cause you more pain and discomfort as it damages and destroys the nerves inside of your tooth. This can lead to an unbearably painful toothache.
Then, if the infection progresses far enough, the tooth will die. Due to the extensive damage to the blood vessels that keep it alive, the tooth will no longer be able to remain vital. If this happens, the tooth may eventually fall out on its own, but it’s usually a good idea to get a tooth extraction to remove the dead tooth.
Time is of the essence when it comes to root canal therapy in Norwalk. If you think that you have an infected tooth and need a root canal, you should come to ONE ENDO right away. Our team of endodontists is always accepting new patients in Norwalk.