You know what tooth pain feels like. That sharp, piercing pain that radiates throughout your whole mouth. Is it just a bit of sensitivity, or do you have a serious problem? Our dentists at Cherry Family Dental are here to clear up the confusion.
We specialize in treating your most severe tooth problems and are dedicated to giving you the best information when it comes to procedures like root canals.
Do you need a root canal?
You need a root canal if your tooth has become so infected or damaged that it significantly impacts your health, comfort, and function.
Your tooth has many different layers beginning with the enamel which makes up the hard exterior and ending with the pulp inside.
Your pulp houses all the blood vessels and nerves that keep your tooth healthy. When this inner structure of your tooth becomes damaged or severely infected, you experience high levels of pain.
Although it takes an X-ray to determine if you truly need a root canal, there are some tell-tale signs of severe infection including:
- A darkening or discoloration of your tooth
- Extreme and sudden sensitivity to hot and cold
- Persistent aching or pain in your tooth
- Gums that are swollen or tender
- Unexplainable discomfort in your lymph nodes
Root canals are typically needed to correct the effects of prolonged decay. However, there are other reasons why your tooth needs a root canal.
If you’ve had repeated dental work done to your tooth, cracked or chipped your tooth, or had trauma to your face, your tooth could be at risk for damage, decay, and infection.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with our dentists to receive treatment.
Root canal basics
If you’ve determined that you need a root canal, you might be feeling a bit panicked. Root canals have gained a reputation for being an extremely painful experience. While we realize root canals are not exactly a stroll in the park, they’re much more comfortable than you might believe.
When you arrive for your root canal, the gums and area surrounding your infected tooth are numbed. This means you’ll feel no pain during the procedure. A small hole is drilled into your tooth and the infected pulp is then cleaned out.
The hollow inside of your tooth is cleaned, filled with a rubbery substance, then sealed off to protect it from further damage and infection. A crown is then placed to support your tooth as it heals.
Other than minimizing chewing or harsh brushing on the recovering tooth for a small period of time, you’re welcome to get back to your normal routine.
Preventing future root canals
Sometimes, a root canal is an inevitable and necessary treatment. That said, there are things you can do to reduce your chances of needing one in the future like maintaining a daily oral hygiene routine. To avoid trauma, consider protecting your teeth by wearing a mouthguard when playing sports.
Don’t spend another day suffering from tooth pain. If you suspect you need a root canal or would like to know more, contact our office to schedule an appointment today.