What are root canals in Stamford and how can we treat them? If you bend down to pick up the remote that fell on the floor and a sharp wave of pain shoots through your mouth. We will get to the root of your problem in Stamford.
There was a time when just saying root canal would send people running from the dentist. Granted they were usually holding their mouth from the pain, but the root canals of old could be terrifying.
Enter the age of technology! New imaging techniques, more efficient equipment, and proper use of anesthetics now makes even the first prick of the needle virtually painless.
And the benefits. We’ll get to that.
Signs and Symptoms you need a root canal in Stamford:
There are tell tale signs that you may need a root canal:
- Severe pain that runs like a wave through your mouth, or when you bite a certain way or lay down
- Pimple like bumps on your gums
- Swollen or tender gums when you haven’t recently flossed or brushed your teeth
- Dark gums
- A chipped or cracked tooth
- Lingering sensitivity to hot or cold
- An abscessed tooth
All of these can mean that the best option to save the tooth is a root canal.
To determine if a root canal is needed, the first thing is to be honest with your dentist. Don’t minimize any of the signs and symptoms above. Try to give them an accurate timeline, when you started noticing the problem, how long the pain lasts, how often it comes, etc.
Your dentist in Stamford will take x-rays to determine which tooth, or teeth need attention. With precision, they will administer a local anesthetic, and make sure that the tooth is isolated during the procedure. The dentist will remove the affected nerve and pulp, clean the tooth, and seal it.
Most procedures take no more than 90 minutes from start to finish, but in some cases you may be required to come in to get the temporary filling a day or two after the initial procedure. Generally this only occurs in severe infections that need longer to drain.
Your dentist will probably advise you to eat soft foods for the next few days. You may still experience sensitivity for the first few days, and you may be prescribed an antibiotic if there was an infection or told you can use certain over the counter pain relievers.
Once the procedure is complete, your dentist will apply a crown on the tooth and you are ready to go!
The benefits of having a root canal in Stamford:
If it’s required a root canal will alleviate the pain, in fact the minor discomfort you may feel after the procedure will be far less than the pain you probably came in with.
And since you don’t have to lose your tooth you don’t have the pain of paying for an implant.
Once it’s over, continue a healthy oral hygiene program to keep your mouth healthy. Brush twice, floss once, and make sure to call us at (203) 324-7777 so we can schedule your next regular appointment. We are here to help!