Protect and preserve your teeth by opting for root canal therapy.
While no one wants to deal with a damaged tooth, it happens to the best of us. If the damage is severe enough then you may need to visit your Stamford, CT dentist for root canal treatment. This is the best way to preserve the rest of your natural tooth and without it the only option you may have is to remove the tooth completely. Before accepting a tooth extraction, find out more about a root canal and how it could help you.
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a minimally invasive dental procedure that relieves tooth pain caused by infection or injury. The main goal of a root canal is to save as much of the natural tooth as possible and to prevent a tooth extraction.
Why do I need a root canal?
If you have a damaged tooth due to an infection, severe decay or a direct injury, then the pulp of the tooth may need to be removed. The pulp is the inner part of the tooth that contains blood vessels, nerves and tissue. Infections and injury can cause pulp inflammation, which can turn into an abscess if left untreated. In order to preserve the rest of your natural tooth and prevent further damage your Stamford, CT dentist will recommend a root canal.
What should I expect from my upcoming root canal?
During your root canal, we will drill through the hard layers of the tooth until we reach the soft inner part known as the pulp. We will remove the inflamed pulp and dead tissue and then disinfect the inside of the tooth and possibly treat the infection with antibiotics.
Once the inside of the tooth is free from infection and debris, we will seal the tooth with a rubber-like substance known as gutta-percha. From there, we will most likely need to place a dental crown over your tooth to restore full function and strength back into your smile; however, some teeth can be restored using only a filling.
Is a root canal painful?
First and foremost, this procedure is truly no different than getting a tooth filled. While there are many myths surrounding root canals the process is no more invasive than filling a cavity. Furthermore, most people with an infected or inflamed pulp are dealing with significant dental pain. The goal of a root canal is to treat the infection and eliminate the source of pain. So contrary to what you may have heard, root canal treatment actually gets rid of pain rather than causing it.
If you are experiencing a persistent toothache then you need to seek treatment right away. Contact your Stamford, CT dentist at Comprehensive Dental Group.