Save Infected Teeth
Stamford Root Canals
If you have a toothache that lasts more than 1-2 days and does not seem to be getting better, you might have an infected tooth. Without root canal therapy, your pain will only get worse, and you risk losing your tooth. At Clear Smile Dental Studio, we can help restore your tooth and eliminate your pain and discomfort. Call our Stamford dental team today for an appointment.
How will I know?
Do I Need A Root Canal?
A root canal is necessary when your tooth has become infected. Typically, teeth become infected when a serious cavity destroys the tooth’s layers of enamel and dentin, or an oral injury cracks or breaks the tooth. When this happens, the vulnerable pulp inside your tooth becomes exposed to bacteria.
The pulp, which is filled with blood vessels and nerves, will then become infected and start to die. This is why a toothache is such a common symptom of an infected tooth. A root canal from our office in Stamford, CT is the best option for treatment. Dr. Byungchul Park or Dr. GiTae Kwon will open up the tooth, clean the inside, then fill and protect it to restore your smile and prevent further complications.
Recognizing The Signs
Symptoms Of An Infected Tooth
The most common and noticeable sign of an infected tooth is a serious, prolonged toothache. You may feel throbbing or radiating pain from the tooth. It also may feel more sensitive to hot and cold foods, as well as the pressure of chewing.
In some cases, the gum tissue around the tooth may look inflamed or irritated, or the tooth itself may become discolored. Other more rare signs include swelling of the face and cheek, or a fever. If you recognize one or more of these signs, you should get help from a Stamford dentist right away.
What To Expect from
Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment takes a single, 1-2 hour appointment at Clear Smile Dental Studio. First, Dr. Park or Dr. Kwon will begin by cleaning and numbing your mouth. Next, your tooth will be trimmed to remove damaged enamel, and to create a small opening in the tooth.
Through this opening, Dr. Kwon or Dr. Park will remove the decayed and damaged material from the inside of your tooth. Then, your tooth will be cleaned and sanitized, and filled with an inert substance that replaces the pulp and strengthens your tooth roots. Finally, your tooth will be restored. Dr. Kwon and Dr. Park may choose to use a filling or a dental crown, depending on the location of your tooth.
Aftercare & Recovery
After Root Canal Therapy
Despite what you may have heard about root canals from popular culture, they are minimally invasive. There is no long aftercare or recovery process, and you can go back to your day-to-day routine or even back to work immediately after having a root canal from our Stamford office.
Your tooth may feel a bit sensitive or tender for a few days, but you should recover quite quickly, and feel completely normal within a week, at most. If you continue experiencing severe pain and discomfort after 5-7 days, this is not normal. You should follow up with Dr. Park or Dr. Kwon right away. Call our Stamford dental team today for your Stamford emergency dentist appointment.