Endodontic Associates of Greater Waterbury, P.C.1389 West Main St, Tower 1, Suite 208Waterbury, CT 06708(203)757-1287
Thomas Turek, D.M.D.
Jason Alliger, D.D.S.
Elizabeth Filbert, D.M.D.
Root Canal (Endodontics)
Endodontics is the dental specialty that deals with the nerves of the teeth. Root canals are probably the most notorious procedure in dentistry and the most common procedure relating to endodontics. When a tooth becomes infected it is usually related to the nerves in the root of the tooth. The infected nerves need to be removed. If left untreated an infection can turn into an abscess, which is a much more serious problem that includes bone loss in the jaw.
The area around the tooth is numbed with a local anesthetic to start the procedure. The dentist will then drill down into the tooth to create an opening into the canal. They will then be able to remove infected tissue and clean the canal. After the infection has been removed, the space is filled with a sealant called gutta percha. It is highly recommended that a tooth that has undergone a root canal is fitted with a crown. This will improve the appearance of the tooth, and will also make it much more likely that the root canal is successful.
"Root canal" has become a scary term for dental patients to hear, but the benefits of the procedure and advances in dental technology have made it much less "scary". Local anesthetics and proper pain medication allow the procedure to be performed with little to no pain in most cases. There may be some soreness following the procedure, but that is normal for most dental procedures. Over the counter painkillers are usually enough to relieve any pain afterwards, but your dentist may prescribe medication. The procedure will also relieve you from pain caused by the infection allowing you to enjoy all the foods you love without any pain from heat, cold, or biting too hard. If you are experiencing pain consult your dentist today.
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Watch the following educational videos from the American Association of Endodontists to learn more about endodontics.
Root Canals Aren't What They Used to Be
It’s not your grandfather’s root canal! Just like technology changes, so has root canal treatment.
Get Up to Speed on Today's Root Canal
Learn how endodontists, the specialists in saving teeth, use advanced technology and expert training to reinvent modern root canal treatment.
Learn how endodontists perform surgery to treat an abscess or infection and save your tooth.
Root Canal Safety
If your patients express concern about the safety of root canal treatment, show them this authoritative and informative video. In it, endodontists explain that claims about root canal treatment causing disease are based on out-dated theories, and help patients understand that millions of root canal treatments are completed every year, safely, effectively and comfortably.
Root Canal Treatment: A Step by Step Guide
Need a root canal? Don't be anxious. This informative video will walk you step-by-step through the procedure and explain how endodontists, the root canal specialists, can save your teeth.
Root Canal Retreatment Explained
Sometimes, a tooth that has had root canal treatment may not heal properly and another treatment is needed. Watch this video to understand how root canal retreatment can save your tooth and learn more about the endodontists who specialize in this dental procedure.
Understanding Cracked Tooth Symptoms and Treatment
Do you have a cracked tooth? Learn about the symptoms and how endodontists help patients avoid tooth extraction. It's important to treat a cracked tooth quickly, so the problem doesn't get worse.
Endodontists Put Root Canal Patients at Ease
Features interviews with root canal patients describing their positive, pain-free experiences, while endodontists explain what a root canal is and symptoms you may have if you need one.
Endodontists: Partners in Patient Care
Endodontists detail the positive relationships they have with their referring general practitioners and a general dentist talks about the importance of knowing his limitations. Both practitioners recognize that strong partnerships result in optimal dental patient care.