Dr. Philip Bauer and Associates, your endodontist in Stamford, CT, and Greenwich, CT, perform root canals to salvage teeth with a lot of decay. Root canals are a routine and relatively painless procedure that can save your natural tooth.
What is a root canal?
A root canal, or endodontic treatment, is a way to salvage an infected tooth. If you have an infection the tooth pulp can be removed, preserving the rest of your natural tooth. The procedure involves creating an opening in the crown of the tooth and removing the tooth's root and the infected tooth pulp, as well as a thorough cleaning of the tooth's canal system. A filling is placed to prevent further infection and finish your tooth.
Will a root canal hurt?
Some patients try to delay coming to the dentist for a root canal because of fear of the pain, but the procedure is similar to getting a filling in terms of discomfort, as you are numbed during the root canal. You may have some discomfort for a few days after the procedure, but your dentist will recommend the best way to relieve any pain. A root canal actually saves you from further tooth pain or a complete dental abscess.
When do I see my dentist about a root canal?
Patients who need a root canal often notice worsening pain in the tooth. The goal of regular dental appointments is to help you before you need a root canal, but don't ignore any of these signs:
- Tooth pain
- Tooth sensitivity
- A gum blister
- Jaw pain or swelling
These are all signs that you may have an infected tooth, but you can actually have tooth decay without feeling pain or experiencing symptoms. This is another reason it's important to have regular exams. Whether you're experiencing pain, or your doctor finds a tooth to be concerned about in an exam, we can help with a root canal.
Dr. Philip Bauer and Associates are here for you if you need a root canal. Contact our Stamford, CT, office at (203) 327-1613 and our Greenwich, CT, location at (203) 661-3277.
Dental emergencies require proper treatment fast. Pain, bleeding, lost or cracked teeth--they impact personal appearance, function, comfort, and well-being. At Dr. Philip Bauer's office in Stamford, CT, and Greenwich, CT, this emergency dentist helps his patients with their crucial dental needs. If you have a dental emergency, call him and apply the following stop-gap measures.
What to do in a dental emergency
Any kind of emergency--dental or otherwise--requires a cool head and quick, accurate action. Pre-event preparation helps, too, and knowledge is the best preparation.
When the unexpected happens, call your emergency dentist at his Stamford, CT and Greenwich, CT office. You'll receive advice and an appointment if your situation warrants it. Dr. Bauer and his team definitely want your oral health and smile appearance fully preserved.
Here's what else to do:
- For a knocked-out tooth, wash it with clear water, and attempt to insert the roots into the empty socket. If this doesn't work, carry it to the dental office in a sealed container with tooth preservatives, water, or milk to cover it. Dr. Bauer may be able to put it back in place. The American Association of Endodontists explains that avulsed teeth can be re-inserted and survive for years if you see your dentist within one hour of your accident.
- Use direct pressure on any bleeding in the mouth or lips. If it doesn't resolve within 15 minutes, go to the nearest ER or urgent care center for treatment.
- Laterally displaced teeth need stabilization with a splint or other intervention supplied by Dr. Bauer. Call the office for an appointment.
- Toothaches indicate serious issues. You may need a filling, crown, or root canal treatment. Take ibuprofen, ice your jaw, and rinse your mouth if you have drainage along with the toothache. Call the office right away.
- Your dentist may repair a chipped tooth, cracked filling, or damaged veneer or crown with composite resin. Or, you may need a replacement for your restoration. In any case, contact our office as soon as possible so your tooth doesn't worsen.
- Something is stuck between two teeth. Try removing it with dental floss, but do not dig at your gum tissue. If you cannot remove the material, contact your emergency dentist in Stamford, CT, and Greenwich, CT.
Feel better, and preserve your smile
Dr. Philip Bauer and his emergency dentistry team in Stamford, CT, and Greenwich, CT, love their patients and want them to have healthy, intact smiles for life.
If you experience a pressing oral health issue, never hesitate to contact him at Stamford, CT (203) 327-1613 and Greenwich, CT location (203) 661-3277.
As in other parts of medicine, lasers are beginning to change the way we provide dental care. More and more dentists are using lasers to make earlier diagnoses of dental disease or provide surgical treatment. One area prime for change is the treatment of teeth with deep decay and in danger of being lost.
For decades now, the best way to save teeth in this condition is with root canal treatment. In this common procedure we access the pulp, remove the infected tissue with specialized hand instruments, and then fill and seal the pulp chamber and root canals with a special filling.
We can now potentially improve the efficiency and increase the success rate of this treatment with laser technology. With their focused light, lasers emit a concentrated burst of energy that's extremely precise. In many instances laser energy can remove the target diseased tissue without damaging nearby healthy tissue.
In this form of root canal treatment, we use lasers to remove tissue and organic debris within the pulp and then shape the root canal walls to better receive the filling. We can also utilize the heat from laser energy to soften and mold the filling, so that it better conforms within the walls of the root canals.
Using lasers in root canal treatments may require less local anesthesia than the traditional approach and also eliminates disturbing or discomforting sounds and vibrations. Dentists who've used the new technology also report less bleeding during the procedure and less pain and occurrences of infection afterwards.
But there are a couple of disadvantages for using lasers in root canal treatment. For one, light travels in a straight line — and many root canal networks are anything but straight. More complex root canal networks may still require the traditional approach. Laser energy could also increase the tooth's inner temperature, which could potentially damage tissues even on the tooth's outer surfaces.
Used in the right circumstances, though, lasers can be an effective means to treat diseased teeth. Â As laser technology continues to advance and becomes a mainstay in dental care, you may soon find it part of your next dental procedure.
Your teeth and gums have a highly sensitive network of nerves. But while it can signal even the most subtle discomfort we may not be able to identify the cause with pinpoint accuracy. As a result, tooth pain could indicate more than one kind of problem including a decayed tooth, root sensitivity, infected gum tissues (like an abscess) or a dying pulp signaled by diseased nerve tissue inside the tooth.
On the other hand, not all tooth pain is the same: it can be dull or sharp, continuous or intermittent. It can feel like a constant, throbbing ache or a sharp wince when you eat or drink something cold or hot, or when you bite down. These differences could point our diagnostic examination in the right direction.
For example, sharp, throbbing pain could indicate deep tooth decay, especially if it suddenly stops. That would likely mean the nerves within the tooth pulp under attack by the infection have died and can no longer transmit pain. The infection, on the other hand is still very much active — this usually requires a root canal treatment (cleaning out the pulp and root canals of diseased and dead tissue and filling the empty spaces) if we’re to save the tooth.
If, however, you’re experiencing sensitivity from temperature or pressure, we could be facing at least a couple of scenarios. For one, your tooth could be fractured. More likely, though, periodontal (gum) disease triggered by bacterial plaque has caused the gum tissues to shrink back (recede) from the affected teeth so that the sensitive dentin layer is exposed and no longer protected by the gum tissue.
If we diagnose gum disease, we’ll need to aggressively remove bacterial plaque from all tooth and gum surfaces. This procedure might require more than one appointment and the possibility of surgery if we encounter deep pockets of infection, especially around the roots. If gum recession is severe you may also need grafting surgery to replace the missing gum tissue or to re-cover the exposed areas of your teeth.
So, knowing the source of tooth pain will direct the course of treatment to follow. With proper treatment, though, the chances are good we can not only restore your teeth and gums to optimum health but we can end the pain.
If you would like more information on treating tooth pain, 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 “Confusing Tooth Pain.”
Though it may not cause any immediate pain, a cracked tooth is a serious dental problem which your dentist should see right away. Understanding what can cause a cracked tooth and why seeing your dentist is so important can help you know what to do if you notice a cracked tooth. Find out more about treating a cracked tooth with your Stamford and Greenwich, CT, endodontist, Dr. Philip Bauer.
What causes a cracked tooth?
A tooth may become fractured due to any number of reasons. Often, eating a hard food or candy and biting down on the tooth causes stress and fractures the tooth. Other times, an injury or trauma to the tooth may cause it to crack. Teeth with fillings crack more often than those without due to being weakened by the filling. Large fillings, such as those after a root canal, often require a dental crown to prevent cracking or fracturing.
Why do I need to see my dentist if my cracked tooth does not cause any pain?
Though a cracked tooth may seem insignificant at first, it can cause serious dental complications if left untreated. The crack causes the inside of the tooth, which houses its nerves and blood vessels, to become irritated, eventually causing tooth pain. Additionally, the crack may cause the tooth to shift and pinch the inner tissue, causing a sharp pain that goes away once the tooth shifts back to its normal position. Additionally, the crack can migrate up the tooth to its roots, causing irreversible damage that may result in tooth loss.
Treating a Cracked Tooth in Stamford and Greenwich, CT
Your dentist may suggest a filling or dental crown to repair your cracked tooth. These procedures restore the tooth’s structure, fill in the crack, and make the tooth solid once again. Serious cracks which extend down the tooth’s root may require an extraction and tooth replacement option like a dental implant to restore the tooth’s functionality.
For more information on cracked teeth and their treatments, please contact Dr. Bauer in Stamford and Greenwich, CT. Call to schedule your appointment today!
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