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What's A Root Canal And When Is It Needed?

Discover when root canal treatment might actually preserve and protect your oral health.

No one wants to hear that they are dealing with dental decay or an infection and our Stamford, CT dentists Dr. Irina Pogosian and Dr. Thomas Ohlson certainly hate to have to tell you, but it’s important that you find out as soon as possible so that we can tackle the issues head on before it wreaks havoc on your smile. Find out more about root canals and when they are necessary.

This endodontic treatment is performed when the pulp or nerve inside the tooth has become inflamed or infected, which is often the case when dealing with decay, infection or a broken tooth. During a root canal, our Stamford, CT, general dentists will drill through the outer layers of the tooth and then remove the nerve and pulp of the tooth before sealing the tooth back up to prevent future damage or reinfection.

Here are some warning signs to look out for:

  • Tooth pain that can range from mild to severe. Pain may get worse throughout the day or wake you up at night.
  • Pain may intensify when biting or chewing.
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks. The sensitivity will linger for a while after being exposed to hot or cold.
  • Gums surrounding the infected tooth may be red, swollen or tender. Sometimes a pimple-like growth, known as an abscess, may appear on the gums. This is a telltale sign that you have an infection in the tooth.

If you have any of these symptoms, it’s important that you see us right away. Call us and tell us about the issues you are having so we can try to get you in as soon as possible. In the meantime, over-the-counter pain relievers can be used to temporarily ease your pain until you can come into our office.

Do you have questions about your upcoming root canal therapy? Do you need to schedule your six-month cleaning to make sure that everything is healthy? Then turn to Comprehensive Dental Group in Stamford, CT, for all of your dental needs.

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