Long Wharf Dental Group
1 Long Wharf Drive, Suite #221, New Haven, CT 06511

Root Canal Therapy in New Haven, CT

Root Canal Therapy at Long Wharf Dental Group

A Solution for Painful Teeth

In many cases, a root canal, more appropriately called endodontic treatment, is the most effective way to save a tooth that has become decayed, infected, or traumatized in some way. Rather than extract the offending tooth, a root canal treatment removes the pulp of the tooth, enabling the tooth itself to continue to function normally–minus the pain and the initial problem.

See your Long Wharf Dental Group dentist in New Haven to ensure you get the care you need to avoid an unnecessary tooth extraction.

What exactly is a root canal?

A root canal involves removal of the soft tissue pulp that lies just below the tooth’s hard surface, called enamel or dentin. This pulp holds the tooth’s nerves and blood vessels so necessary for tooth growth during development.

Sometimes, the pulp becomes damaged due to infection, decay, or trauma. In other cases, a tooth may just be poorly positioned. In either case, the soft tissue pulp will need to be removed once it becomes inflamed or infected. Otherwise, it can lead to pain and swelling, or if left untreated, possibly even an abscess.

The root canal procedure.

If your dentist decides you need a root canal, this infected, but non-essential pulp will be removed so that the area can be disinfected. After disinfection, the pulp will be replaced with gutta-percha, a soft, safe, rubber-like material. Once the area heals, your tooth should function normally again. Even without the problem pulp, the tooth will continue to receive nourishment from the surrounding tissue.

The benefits of a root canal.

A root canal should improve both the appearance and the functionality of a formerly infected or damaged tooth. After a successful endodontic procedure, you should find you are able to bite and chew just as you did before your tooth experienced problems. Equally important, saving the problem tooth helps prevent undue stress on the teeth surrounding it.

What to expect during a root canal.

The type of endodontic therapy you need depends on where the problem tooth is located—anterior tooth, posterior tooth or molar–and how serious the trauma, infection or inflammation is. Typically, a root canal treatment will be completed in one to two office visits.

Root canal retreatment.

In some cases, a root canal may become re-infected. If this happens, you will require a second root canal, called a root canal retreatment. This second procedure helps promote healing by ensuring a proper healing environment.

How to tell if you need a root canal?

The overwhelming clue as to whether or not you need a root canal treatment is pain. Once a tooth becomes traumatized or infected, the area surrounding it will swell and become red. You may also experience difficulty chewing or biting. In some cases, a broken tooth may expose the nerve.

Whatever the case, the most likely indication that you need treatment will be tooth pain. If you have specific questions about a root canal treatment, ask your Long Wharf Dental Group dentist for guidance. He or she will explain your options in detail.

How uncomfortable is a root canal?

Often the subject of jokes, a root canal is actually a fairly routine dental procedure. Your Long Wharf Dental Group dentist will discuss the procedure and sedation options with you beforehand, as well as any special care instructions you’ll need to follow afterward.

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Every experience I have had in the office has been very positive. The staff is super friendly and they go out of their way to make sure you’re comfortable.
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Dr. Mark Rothman and the knowledgeable staff at Long Wharf Dental Group go above and beyond to make their patients comfortable. They put your best interest first, they listen carefully to your […]
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I usually don’t do reviews, but they were so kind and considerate when I had a bad toothache… On Friday afternoon… When I was a new patient.
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Dr. Lerman and Nella, the dental hygienist, were very attentive to my dental needs. I trust them both in their expertise. The office staff are very friendly, professional, and helpful.
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Very friendly front desk and staff, I am extremely satisfied with the results and care that Dr. Rothman has provided!
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Lorena is the best, I can’t say enough about her. She takes pride in her work and shows that she really cares about me. I have been going here for twenty plus years and would not change a thing…
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Quick, painless wisdom teeth extraction. Very professional and caring dentist made me feel comfortable and at ease throughout the process. Highly recommend Dr. Lerman!
Anonymous
As always, a visit to Long Wharf Dental is a very positive, professional experience. Everyone is courteous, friendly and positive. A pleasure to do business with them.
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First visit, got everything done, even squeezed me in with the dentist right after my appointment!
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Excellent, as usual
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As always a very friendly staff, did not have to wait long after my appointment time, and my hygienist is wonderful!
Anonymous
So glad I found Dr. Rothman – I was deadly afraid of dental treatment but not anymore. Had 2 root canals done and it was nearly painless. Great staff as well – always felt very well taken care of
Gina G.
I switched to Long Wharf Dental because of Geraldine. She has been my dental hygienist for about 25 years. She makes you feel comfortable. My family are also patients of hers.
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Been with this Dental group for over 35 years & that is how good they are!!!
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Very friendly staff. Geraldine is very kind and gentle. Highly recommend going here.
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