Find out the purpose of a root canal and why it is necessary.
If you have just recently visited one of our Stamford dentists Dr. Irina Pogosian or Dr. Thomas Ohlson and you’ve been told you need a root canal then you may have a lot of questions. Of course, we are always here to address them for you whenever possible. Find out more about the purpose of a root canal and why it is necessary for maintaining a healthier smile.
What is the purpose of a root canal?
Root canal therapy is a procedure performed by your general dentist in Stamford to fix a tooth that is either severely infected or damaged by decay. This treatment is designed to preserve as much of the tooth as possible to prevent an extraction in the future.
Why is a root canal needed?
This procedure is often recommended if the inside of the tooth, known as the dental pulp, has become damaged or infected by trauma, decay or infection. During this treatment both the nerve and the pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is thoroughly disinfected so that the problem doesn’t progress.
If the bacteria or decay is left untreated it can cause an infection or abscessed tooth, a pus-filled pocket that starts at the roots of the tooth and can spread to the face and head and can also cause bone loss.
What are warning signs that I may need a root canal?
A root canal may be the best option for you if you are dealing with any of these problems:
- Dental pain when chewing or applying any pressure to the tooth
- Increased sensitivity to temperature
- Darkening of the tooth
- Swelling or pain of the gums
- A chronic pimple that forms on the gums around the infected tooth
However, keep in mind that symptoms aren’t always present, which is why it’s important to continue coming in to see your Stamford dentist every six months for routine care. Through these exams, we can detect problems before they become irreparable.
Whether you have questions about an upcoming root canal or you are dealing with dental pain, turn to our Stamford, CT dental experts at Comprehensive Dental Group today.