Root Canal

Hayley L. Barocas, DMD -  - Cosmetic Dentist

Hayley L. Barocas, DMD

Cosmetic Dentist & Family Dentist located in Stamford, CT

Severely decaying or infected teeth can fall out without the proper treatment. Hayley L. Barocas DMD, LLC, in Stamford, Connecticut, performs root canals to restore damaged teeth and save them from requiring extraction. At the first sign of tooth pain, sensitivity, or swelling, schedule an appointment with Dr. Barocas and her team by phone or online to find out if a root canal is right for you.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a dental restoration procedure in which Dr. Barocas repairs badly decaying or infected teeth to prevent them from falling out or requiring extraction. During treatment, she cleans and disinfects the pulp, or inside of the tooth, and restores it to prevent future damage.

Why might I need a root canal?

You might require a root canal if you exhibit signs of severe tooth decay or infection. Examples include:

  • A severe toothache
  • Hot and cold sensitivity
  • A fever
  • Pain with biting or chewing
  • Tender, swollen lymph nodes
  • Facial or cheek swelling
  • Foul tasting fluid in your mouth
  • A cracked tooth

While severe tooth decay can happen to anybody, your risk of experiencing it increases with poor dental hygiene, dry mouth, and a diet high in added sugars. See Dr. Barocas and her team at the first sign of tooth pain to help save your tooth.

What should I expect during a root canal?

To find out if a root canal or other dental restoration is right for you, Dr. Barocas reviews your symptoms and examines your teeth. She also uses dental X-rays to determine the extent of tooth damage you have.

During a root canal, Dr. Barocas numbs the area, so you don’t feel any discomfort. She creates an opening in the top of your tooth, removes the diseased pulp, cleans and disinfects the pulp chamber, and fills it with special dental restoration materials.

She can place a filling or crown on the tooth to strengthen it and prevent future damage. You might need to take antibiotics if your tooth was infected. After treatment, your tooth might feel tender for a few days. Take over-the-counter pain relievers or apply ice to the area.

How can I prevent future tooth decay?

Practicing good dental hygiene is the best way to protect your teeth from severe decay in the future. To protect your smile, you should:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
  • Drink fluoridated water
  • Floss every day
  • Replace your toothbrush every three to four months
  • Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables
  • Limit added sugars
  • Consider fluoride mouth rinses

Attend routine dental cleanings and exams to detect tooth decay early before it becomes serious and requires a root canal.

If you experience tooth damage or pain, schedule an appointment with Hayley L. Barocas DMD, LLC, and her team by phone or online today.

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