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By John R. Gagne, D.D.S
May 09, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Signs and symptoms you may need a root canal

You may think you need a root canal if you feel acute pain when you bite down, and you could be right. On the other hand, you may not root canaleven know you need a root canal until your dentist tells you. That’s only one reason why it’s important to visit your dentist regularly. Dr. John Gagne, in Waterbury, Connecticut, wants you to know some common signs and symptoms you may need a root canal.

You may need a root canal if you feel:

  • Acute, stabbing pain when you bite down on food
  • Constant pressure and throbbing pain in your mouth
  • Pain that remains long after you’ve eaten hot or cold foods
  • Swelling, redness, and a white bump in your gums where your root tip is
  • Drainage or pus in the area where your root tip is

If you notice any of these symptoms, you need to see your Waterbury dentist, Dr. Gagne, as soon as you can. He can take x-rays and test the pulp of your tooth to determine if you need a root canal. X-rays typically will show a dark (radiolucent) area indicating the need for a root canal. Pulp testing will indicate sensitivity to hot and cold and vitality of the pulp of your painful tooth.

The main reasons you may need a root canal involve accidents or traumatic injury to your teeth. Root canals are also commonly needed for deep dental decay which has reached the pulp of your tooth. When Dr. Gagne performs root canal therapy, your pain will be gone, but you can still keep your tooth.

You need the skills of a dentist like Dr. Gagne to tell you for sure if you need a root canal. If you do need a root canal, don’t worry! Root canals have become state-of-the-art and are nothing to fear. It’s vital to see your dentist regularly, especially if you have dental pain. Call Dr. John Gagne, in Waterbury, Connecticut, and find out more about whether you need root canal therapy. Call today!

By John R. Gagne, D.D.S
February 13, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental injuries   root canal  

If you regularly participate in sports or other physical activity, you’re at a higher risk for dental injuries. While chipped teeth are the most common result of these injuries, a few may result in more serious trauma — dislodged, cracked or knocked out teeth. In these cases, the core of the tooth — the pulp — and the root may have been damaged. Saving the tooth may require endodontic treatment and possibly the expertise of a specialist in the field, an endodontist.

Endodontics, from the Greek words for “within” and “tooth,” is a specialty of dentistry that treats disease or damage affecting the inner parts of a tooth, particularly the pulp chamber, the root canals, and the root. While all dentists are trained in endodontic procedures, an endodontist has advanced training, experience and specialized equipment to address complex cases.

The type of endodontic treatment needed for an injured tooth will depend on the extent of damage. A mature, permanent tooth with pulp damage, for example, may require a root canal treatment. In this procedure the pulp chamber and root canals are thoroughly cleaned out, and then are filled with a special filling to prevent any future infection. Later the tooth should be crowned to permanently seal it. Although a general dentist may perform a root canal, more complex cases, such as a tooth with an extensive root canal network, may need to be performed by an endodontist using microscopic equipment.

A tooth that has undergone severe trauma, especially a knocked out tooth, will need extensive follow-up care by a general dentist and possibly an endodontist to improve its chances of long-term survival. Because of the severity, the tooth may lose viability and the body ultimately may begin to reject it. For this reason, the tooth should be monitored on a regular basis and may need further treatment from time to time, even up to five years after the injury.

One final word: if you participate in sports or exercise activity, you can significantly reduce your risk of dental injury with a mouthguard. There are various types, but the best protection is one custom designed to fit the specific contours of your mouth. We’ll be glad to advise you further on how to protect your teeth from injury.

If you would like more information on dental injury prevention and treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Trauma & Nerve Damage to Teeth.”

John R. Gagné, D.D.S.

John R. Gagné

Dr. Gagné, a member of the American Dental Association and the Academy of Laser Dentistry, is committed to providing his patients with comprehensive dental care.

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