Root Canal Therapy

In the past, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, you would probably lose that tooth. Today, with a special dental procedure called root canal treatment, your tooth can be saved. Root canals are a relatively simple procedure involving one to three office visits. Best of all, having a root canal when necessary can save your tooth and your smile!
 

What is the purpose of a root canal?

A tooth’s nerve is not vitally important to a tooth’s health and function after the tooth has emerged through the gums. Its only function is sensory – to provide the sensation of hot or cold. The presence or absence of a nerve will not affect the day-to-day functioning of the tooth.
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When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp tissue and germs can cause an infection inside the tooth. If left untreated, an abscess may form. If the infected tissue is not removed, pain and swelling can result. This can not only injure your jawbones, but it is detrimental to your overall health. Without the proper treatment, your tooth may have to be removed.

What are the signs that a root canal is needed?

Teeth that require root canal therapy are not always painful. However, signs you may need a root canal include

  • Severe throbbing toothache,
  • Pain when chewing or biting,
  • Heightened sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Persistent bad breath
  • A dark discoloration of the tooth,
  • Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums or face.
  • Fever

If you experience any of these symptoms, contact MGM Family Dental.
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What happens during a root canal?

Root canal treatment involves one to three visits. During treatment, our endodontist (a dentist who specializes in problems with the nerves of the teeth) removes the affected tissue. Next, the interior of the tooth will be cleaned and sealed. Finally, the tooth is filled with a dental composite. If your tooth had extensive decay, your doctor may suggest placing a crown to strengthen and protect the tooth from breakage. As long as you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups, your restored tooth can last a lifetime.

Call the Dentist Bridgeport Residents Trust for Pain Relieving Root Canal Therapy

 

If you’re experiencing extreme pain, sensitivity to heat or cold, or notice one tooth that is discolored, you may have a root canal infection. Call Dr. Moghaddam and his dental team for pain relieving root canal therapy Bridgeport residents rely on.  At MGM Family Dental, we help patients relieve the pain of root canal infection leaving them with a smile they’re proud to share.