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January 03, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Root canals are one of the most dreaded dental procedures; their bad reputation carries over from the time before anesthetics like root canalNovocaine were used regularly. However, as you'll learn in this article, root canals don't actually cause pain; rather, they relieve the pain caused by an infection inside the tooth that destroys its soft tissues and blood vessels. At Comprehensive Dental Group in Stamford, CT, our dentists, Dr. Irina Pogosian and Dr. Thomas Ohlson, believe in keeping our patients well-informed of the procedures they need. Read on to learn more!

How do I know if I need a root canal?

The only way to be sure that a root canal is necessary is to visit your Stamford dentist, but there can be some tell-tale signs that could indicate that you'll need one. Lingering sensitivity to hot or cold stimuli, such as pizza fresh from the oven or ice water, can be a clue that the tissues inside the tooth are infected. A wave of dental pain that happens for seemingly no reason is also suspect. Lesions that form on the gums are also a strong indicator that a root canal is needed; this alerts your Stamford dentist to the body attempting to release the bacteria from inside the tooth.

Why do I need a root canal?

It might seem pointless to treat a "dead" tooth, but a root canal from your Stamford dentist is imperative to not only removing a potentially dangerous infection, but also preserving the structure of the tooth and helping to ensure the health of the rest of your teeth. Extracting or pulling a tooth leaves a large gap in your mouth, which the other teeth perceive to be a problem. The teeth next to and above the empty space begin to shift out of place in an attempt to "find" the missing tooth, which leads to bone degeneration and the potential loss of other teeth. By having a root canal, you're maintaining the normal balance inside your mouth, as well as keeping up your appearance and ability to chew and talk properly.

If you think you might need a root canal, or any other dental procedure, contact Comprehensive Dental Group in Stamford, CT, to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled dentists today!

By Comprehensive Dental Group
January 09, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

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.

By Comprehensive Dental Group
February 26, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

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 canalroot 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.

By Comprehensive Dental Group
February 25, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

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 Root Canalto 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.

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By Comprehensive Dental Group
October 13, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

If there was an “Unsung Hero” award for dental procedures, the root canal treatment would win hands-down. Much aligned in popular culture, today’s root canal treatment is actually a valuable tool for saving teeth that would otherwise be lost. And contrary to popular belief, root canal treatments don’t cause pain — they relieve it.

To help you understand its true worth, here are some common questions and answers about the root canal treatment.

What problem does a root canal treatment fix?
A root canal treatment stops a bacterial infection that has invaded the innermost part of a tooth — the pulp — and is advancing toward the end of the root through small passageways known as root canals. Most people first notice the problem as a sharp pain in the affected tooth that may suddenly dissipate in a few days. The infection has attacked the inner pulp tissue, rich in nerve fibers; when the nerve fibers die they stop sending pain signals. The infection, however, hasn’t died: as it advances, you may then begin to experience pain when you bite down or when you encounter hot foods. You may also notice tenderness and swelling in nearby gums.

How does the procedure stop the infection?
A root canal treatment removes all the infected or dead tissue and cleanses the pulp chamber. We enter the pulp chamber through a small access hole created in the tooth’s biting surface. After tissue removal, we then “shape” and prepare the empty chamber and root canals (often with the aid of microscopic equipment) to be filled with a special filling. After filling, the tooth is then sealed to prevent re-infection (most often, we need to install a permanent crown at a subsequent visit for maximum protection).

How much pain can I expect during and after the procedure?
During the procedure, none — the tooth and surrounding gums are fully anesthetized before we begin the procedure. Afterward, you may experience mild discomfort for a few days that can be relieved with over-the-counter medications like aspirin or ibuprofen.

What’s the ultimate value for a root canal treatment?
The procedure can save a tooth severely damaged by the infection. Even covered by an artificial crown, a living tooth continuing to exist and function normally within the mouth is usually more conducive for optimum oral health than an artificial tooth replacement.

If you would like more information on root canal treatments, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Common Concerns About Root Canal Treatment.”