Posts for tag: Root Canal Surgery
Do you have questions about your upcoming endodontic dental procedure?
Has our Greenwich and Stamford, CT, endodontist, Dr. Philip Bauer, recently told you or a family member that you need root canal therapy? Have you heard people talking perhaps negatively about this procedure but want to actually discover the truth about it? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Find out everything you could ever wish to know about this dental treatment.
What is the purpose of root canal treatment?
This endodontic (meaning “inside of the tooth”) procedure is performed when the dental pulp is infected or inflamed. Inside the tooth, under the hard layers known as the enamel and dentin layers, is a soft-tissue structure called the dental pulp. While the dental pulp is an integral part of the development of your tooth, once the tooth has fully matured the pulp is no longer important.
Unfortunately, sometimes bacteria can get through the hard outer layers of the tooth and affect the pulp. Once this happens, the only option for getting rid of the bacteria is to perform root canal treatment, in which our Stamford and Greenwich endodontic specialist will go inside the tooth and remove the pulp and clean out the tooth to prevent the infection from spreading. A root canal isn’t an elective procedure but one that is required in order to preserve a damaged tooth.
How do I know whether I need root canal therapy?
There are certainly some symptoms that can arise that can tip you off to the fact that something is going on. Perhaps you are experiencing a nasty toothache that gets worse whenever you chew or put pressure on the tooth. Maybe you are noticing that the tooth is suddenly very sensitive to hot or cold. The tooth may even start to darken (this is a sign that the roots of the tooth are dying). The gums surrounding the tooth may be puffy, red, and even a bit sore.
If you are dealing with dental pain or other oral changes don’t hesitate to call Dr. Bauer’s office today to schedule an immediate appointment. We are proud to provide comprehensive endodontic services to the Stamford and Greenwich, CT, areas to treat everything from an infected dental pulp to adult tooth loss.