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When people think about going to the dentist, they often think of the annual checkups, occasional fluoride treatments, and reminders to floss, but there is so much more to dentistry than that. In fact, in some cases, dental care extends beyond the outer layer of bone we call “teeth” altogether. Inside, teeth are composed of multiple layers, with a clump of connective tissue, nerves, and blood vessels at the very center. This part, known collectively as the pulp, has the job of delivering important nutrients to the tooth. On occasion, it can become infected or inflamed, causing large amounts of pain and discomfort. That’s where the endodontist comes in.
An endodontist is a dentist highly skilled at treating the pulp of your tooth, ensuring that your mouth remains healthy, strong, and pain-free. One of the most common procedures associated with endodontic care is the root canal. During this process, the endodontist can address the issue without removing the tooth, allowing you to preserve your natural smile.
Why Dental Care of Stamford Is a Leading Provider of Dental Care in the Area
At Dental Care of Stamford, our priorities are twofold: ensuring that we provide you with the highest quality of dental care and providing you with a personalized experience that thoroughly addresses all your needs. Our practice has received multiple awards over the years, and it all starts with our amazing team of dentists and specialists. Our resident endodontist, Dr. Al Bonanno, has dedicated years of his life to perfecting the most effective techniques, allowing him to perform the necessary procedures in a single, pain-free visit. Regardless of whether his diagnosis prompts him to recommend a root canal or if other methods of maintenance will prove sufficient, you’ll be dealing with an experienced expert who can guide you through every step of the way.
We understand that going to the dentist can be stressful. That’s why we have spent time developing techniques and strategies to help patients of all ages conquer their fears. We also are extremely accommodating to our busiest patients, with flexible hours, same-day appointments, and free babysitting services during your session.
Demystifying Endodontic Care and Its Importance in Dental Health
To fully understand endodontics, it’s necessary first to understand the anatomy of a tooth. The visible part of the tooth often referred to as the crown, generally only includes the enamel. This is a semi-translucent layer that serves as a barrier, protecting your tooth from outside irritants and infection. The next layer is called dentin and forms the bulk of your tooth. The dentin provides you with a large enough mass of strong matter to chew through most of your food with ease. When a tooth is extracted, what you see is usually a combination of the outer enamel and the dentin.
Inside the dentin is the pulp chamber. The pulp contains the connective tissue, nerves, and blood vessels. These connect your tooth to the rest of the body, allowing the delivery of necessary nutrients that are critical to dentin production. This is especially important when there are irritants and signs of decay in your teeth. When faced with such situations, your tooth pulp will stimulate new dentin’s growth, creating a new protective layer in the process.
All these elements work together to keep your teeth strong and protect them from infections. Unfortunately, in some cases, cavities are still able to form and spread throughout the tooth. Even if you’re cavity-free, blunt trauma to the area can have the same effect. If the damage reaches your tooth’s inner areas, bacteria can reach the pulp, and your tooth pulp can become infected.
When you feel sharp pain in your tooth, it is usually due to a problem with the inner pulp; however, it’s important to note that infections are not always accompanied by pain. That’s why it’s critical to have a skilled endodontist examine your teeth and verify whether or not you’ll need further treatment. Allowing an infection to persist without treatment is extremely hazardous to your health. In some cases, your pulp may still be healthy enough to preserve with more superficial treatments, but if your tooth pulp is infected, then a more serious intervention will be necessary. At this stage, the pulp is no longer helping your tooth and is instead putting you at risk. When this happens, the best course of action is to remove it altogether with a root canal.
Research conducted by the American Association of Endodontists shows that over 59% of people are afraid of root canals, but the truth is that with today’s technology and knowledge, these procedures are about as scary as a routine filling. More than 41,000 root canals are performed every single day! Here’s how the procedure works:
- The area will be heavily anesthetized during the procedure, ensuring you don’t feel a thing.
- Once the anesthetic has fully taken effect, your endodontist will make a small opening in the tooth to reach the inner pulp.
- The area is then rinsed with a special antibacterial fluid, which effectively rids it of any infections.
- Finally, the pulp is removed, and the area is cleaned out, filled, and sealed. This helps protect it from any future damage and keeps your tooth strong from the inside out.
Why Choosing Dental Care of
Stamford is a Best Option for You
Finding the right dentist can be a challenge. Among other things, you want a dental expert who has extensive experience in their specialty, who will listen to you and will help you choose the right procedure. Dental Care Stamford prides itself on doing all of this and more. We strive to be the best dental experience you’ll ever have.
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A Little About our Area: Stamford, CT
A big part of what has made us so successful is how deeply committed we are to serving our fellow community members in Stamford, CT. With beautiful public beaches, lush parks, and vibrant entertainment, it has the perfect combination of features to make everyone feel at home. Like our practice, Stamford, CT, has a rich history that has given it a strong foundation, but over time has seen some amazing transformations to adapt to modern living. One moment you can be scouring for antiques while riding through traffic aboard one of Harbor Point’s many old-fashioned, free trolleys, while the next, you’re enjoying free Wi-Fi or attending events at the four-story Stamford Observatory.
Stamford, CT, is truly a thriving center of opportunity, and we love seeing the growth and innovation that comes with every passing year. The city is in the top 5% in the country regarding the number of professionals with math and computer backgrounds, drawing all sorts of amazingly talented, intelligent people. Additionally, it is home to four separate Fortune 500 companies across various industries, presenting exciting career opportunities to the community. It is truly the place to be for those on the forefront of change.
Another thing we love about Stamford is the safety of the streets. Stamford is rated as one of the safest cities in the United States. This allows people to enjoy all that Stamford has to offer without having to worry. Whether you’re looking to attend a concert, seeking a quiet corner to read at the largest library in Connecticut known as the Ferguson Library, or searching for inspiration at the Stamford Museum, you’ll be free to explore as much as your heart desires.
More than anything else, we love to see our patients’ dazzling, healthy smiles as they tell us about all the things they’ve discovered while traveling around the city. That’s part of what makes this place so special; the fact that there is always something new and exciting going on. No matter your interests, there is always a new art installation, indie film, or workshop available for those willing to try something new. Seeing the joy in our patients every day inspires us to do everything possible to ensure that your experience in our little corner of Stamford is as pleasant and welcoming as the rest and that you continue to go about your day free of stress and discomfort.
You shouldn’t have to worry about sensitive teeth when you’re going out for ice cream at Cove Island Park, nor should tooth pain ruin your first visit to the annual Connecticut Salsa Festival. With Dental Care of Stamford, CT, you won’t have to.
To learn more about what we can do for you or request an appointment, give our office a call.