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.