All Bright Dental
General Dentist located in Mamaroneck area, Mamaroneck, NY & Stamford, CT
Fixing an infected and highly painful tooth is often as simple as getting a root canal. At All Bright Dental in Mamaroneck, New York, and Stamford, Connecticut, Gennadiy Kravets, DMD, and his team work to relive your infection and make your root canal treatment comfortable. To find out if you need a root canal for a painful or sensitive tooth, book an appointment by phone or online with All Bright Dental today.
What are root canals?
Root canals are endodontic treatments that remove infections from the inside of your teeth to save them.
During a root canal, your dentist at All Bright Dental drills a tiny hole into your tooth’s surface to access the infection within. They remove all of the infected parts and may even remove the nerves from the inside. When your tooth is fully grown, you don’t need the nerves for anything but to feel temperatures and other sensations around the tooth.
Once the infected parts are gone from the inside of your tooth, your dentist sanitizes the inside to rid it of any bacteria. They also prescribe you a round of antibiotics as a final effort to fight a persistent infection.
Finally, your dentist fills the inside of the now-empty tooth with gutta-percha, a rubbery material that stabilizes and strengthens the tooth.
They may ask that you return for additional appointments to get a permanent crown for the tooth, which can be made to look indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Why do I need a root canal?
If you have an infected tooth, the infection can spread to the innermost layer of the tooth called the pulp. The pulp is made up of nerves, blood vessels, and other soft tissues and is very sensitive. This type of infection can cause a number of unsettling symptoms, including:
- Severe tooth pain when you bite down
- Sensitivity to heat and cold
- Dark tooth discoloration
- Pimples on your gums around the infected tooth
- Gum swelling and tenderness
Without getting a root canal when you need one, you’re at risk of losing your tooth. Furthermore, the infection can spread beyond the confines of the tooth to reach your jaw, other teeth, and even your bloodstream.
Are root canals painful?
You’ve probably heard that root canal treatments are highly painful. This misinformation stops many people from getting the treatment they need.
In truth, root canals relieve more pain than they cause. After your root canal, your painful symptoms associated with your tooth infection are gone.
Your tooth might feel especially sensitive after the procedure, but you can relieve the sensitivity with over-the-counter pain relievers or prescription medications from your dentist.
To find out more about the root canal process and what to expect, call All Bright Dental or book an appointment online today.