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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.
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!
You’ve recently learned one of your teeth needs a root canal treatment. It’s absolutely necessary: for example, if you have decay present, it will continue to go deeper within the tooth and it will spread to the roots and bone and could ultimately cause you to lose your tooth. Although you’re a little nervous, we can assure you that if we’ve recommended a root canal treatment, it’s the right step to take for your dental health.
There’s nothing mysterious — or ominous — about a root canal. To help ease any fears you may have, here’s a step-by-step description of the procedure.
Step 1: Preparing your mouth and tooth. We first take care of one of the biggest misconceptions about root canals: that they’re painful. We completely numb the tooth and surrounding tissues with local anesthesia to ensure you will be comfortable during the procedure. We isolate the affected tooth with a thin sheet of rubber or vinyl called a rubber dam to create a sterile environment while we work on the tooth. We then access the inside of the tooth — the pulp and root canals — by drilling a small hole through the biting surface if it’s a back tooth or through the rear surface if it’s in the front.
Step 2: Cleaning, shaping and filling the tooth. Once we’ve gained access we’ll clear out all of the dead or dying tissue from the pulp and root canals, and then cleanse the empty chamber and canals thoroughly with antiseptic and antibacterial solutions. Once we’ve cleaned everything out, we’ll shape the walls of the tiny root canals to better accommodate a filling material called gutta-percha, which we then use to fill the canals and pulp chamber.
Step 3: Sealing the tooth from re-infection. Once we complete the filling, we’ll seal the access hole and temporarily close the tooth with another filling. Later, we’ll install a permanent crown that will give the tooth extra protection against another infection, as well as restore the tooth’s appearance.
You may experience some mild discomfort for a few days after a root canal, which is usually manageable with aspirin or ibuprofen. In a week or so, you’ll hardly notice anything — and the tooth-threatening decay and any toothache it may have caused will be a distant memory.
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 “A Step-by-Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment.”