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By Norwich Aesthetic Dentistry
July 21, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

Root canal treatment relieves dental pain and saves infected teeth. Dr. Edward Yates performs root canals when a tooth's pulp becomes inflamed, causing pain, and increases other teeth and soft tissue becoming infected as well. Dr. Yates offers his patients' root canal therapy at his Norwich CT office, Norwich Aesthetic Dentistry, so read on to learn more about the procedure and what to ask him before or during your appointment.

More About Root Canal Therapy With Your Norwich Dentist

A tooth consists of several layers: enamel (the white protective outer layer), dentin (soft yellow layer), and pulp (the inner-most layer rich in nerves). You need root canal therapy when bacteria decay teeth. Acid-producing bacteria left behind on teeth after eating or drinking destroy the enamel and dentin. When bacteria reach the pulp, this results in pain and inflammation because the pulp has nerves. This infection, if not dealt with immediately, may spread to other teeth and soft tissue.

Root Canal Therapy

Your Norwich dentist specializes in treating infected teeth. He cleans and disinfects the root canal by removing the pulp and using antibiotics. Dr. Yates then seals the canal to prevent bacteria re-entering the canal and then, depending on how much of the tooth has decayed, Dr. Yates may need to buildup the tooth first and place a crown over it, or simply place a crown over the tooth. The crown provides support and reinforces teeth.

How to Care for Teeth

To make sure you don't need a root canal, it's best to take preventative care. You have to brush and floss every day to remove food and prevent bacterial proliferation.

Whom should you contact?

If you would like to learn more about root canal therapy, then you should contact Dr. Edward Yates of Norwich Aesthetic Dentistry in Norwich CT by calling (860) 889-6445 today!

By Edward C. Yates, D.D.S.
July 29, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal Therapy  

What tells your Norwich, CT, dentist you need root canal therapy? Experience and excellent diagnostic skills do, but Dr. Edward Yates at Root-CanalNorwich Aesthetic Dentistry relies on your symptoms, too. Read on about this predictable restoration and the reasons why you may need one.


Root canal specifics

First, a root canal is an anatomical part of your tooth. It contains soft innervated tissue and a blood supply and runs down the inside each of up to four roots.

Second, a root canal is a restorative dental procedure. It removes infected, inflamed and dead tooth pulp, replaces it with a biocompatible putty and protects the tooth with a customized porcelain crown.

Third, your dentist performs the entire treatment at Norwich Aesthetic Dentistry in Norwich, CT. He examines and X-rays the tooth in question, and if you need this treatment, he numbs the area around the tooth and drills into the first root canal. Small metal files extract the pulp. The dentist adds antibiotic medication and gutta-percha, a natural substance which is flexible and strong. This process restores each canal.

Fourth, Dr. Yates fits a temporary crown over the tooth. After it heals, he'll replace that restoration with a beautiful and realistic porcelain cap. Your tooth will look and feel brand-new!


Symptoms which indicate the need for one

You likely need a root canal treatment if you:

  • Have a bad toothache (the most common symptom, according to the American Association of Endodontists)
  • A large and deep cavity
  • Multiple fillings which are deteriorating
  • See a deep crack or chip on X-ray or with the naked eye
  • Dental sensitivity or pain when you bite or consume something cold, hot, or sugary
  • Taste drainage coming from a tooth
  • Pimples or sores on the gums near the tooth


You and your tooth

Likely, you can stay together when Dr. Edward Yates helps you with root canal therapy. If you have one or more of these nasty symptoms, please call Norwich Aesthetic Dentistry for a consultation. Get all the specifics, and we're sure you'll choose root canal therapy and save your tooth. Phone for an appointment: (850) 889-6445.