July 28, 2017
If you imagine squealing drills and severe pain when you hear the words “root canal,” you’re not alone. Root canals may have the worst reputation in all of dentistry. Lucky for you, if it turns out that you’re in need of root canal therapy, the procedure is actually quite painless. The best news of all – root canals can actually significantly relieve the painful toothache that precedes them! At Curtis Family Dentistry, we want to change the way you think about root canals and visiting the dentist in general. All of the treatments we offer are comfortable, stress free, and personalized to meet your unique needs. That includes safe, painless root canals. Contact our Bridgeport dental team to find out more or schedule an appointment.
Why Would I Need a Root Canal?
The root canals are actually part of the tooth. They are the inner (pulp) layers of teeth that connect the nerve system to the rest of the mouth through the root. When dental damage, decay, or disease is able to access this very inside layer of the tooth and the tooth’s nerve, the result can be a severe toothache or dental sensitivity. When this happens, you may need to undergo root canal therapy to save your tooth and restore your full oral health.
Symptoms of Root Canal
While the only way to know for sure that you need a root canal is to visit our office for a diagnosis, there are some common warning signs patients should be aware. The sooner we begin treating these damaged teeth, the simpler the root canal procedure will be. Give our team a call right away if you notice any of these common warning signs that indicate you may need root canal therapy:
- Severe toothache pain especially sharp pain when chewing or placing pressure on the tooth
- Sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages that causes lingering discomfort
- Bumps, sores, swelling, or sensitivity in the gums near the tooth that is in pain
- Darkening of the tooth
Safe-Effective Root Canal Treatment
The root canal process is actually not as complicated as many patients assume. We begin by drilling a small access hole from the top of the tooth to the inner layer. We then remove the pulp and nerve tissue, refill the tooth, and reseal the access hole. To protect the root canal treated tooth, we will likely place a dental crown over the top of the remaining healthy tooth structure to provide additional strength.
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