How Can You Tell if You Need a Root Canal?
Your tooth hurts. A lot. But what does it mean? Whenever there is tooth pain, it’s your body’s way of telling you something isn’t right. Tooth pain could be a sign of any number of things including decay or a chip or break. But sometimes, tooth pain could be a sign that you may need a root canal. Our dental offices in Mobile, Fairhope, Bay Minette, Helena, Semmes, and Hoover can help you determine if that’s the case.
Signs You May Need a Root Canal
We’ve already established that there’s pain involved. Oftentimes a lot of it. But just because there’s pain doesn’t automatically mean you need a root canal. The pain is usually different than other types of tooth pain and it’s likely accompanied by other symptoms including:
- Gum pain and swelling
- A pimple-like bump on the gums by the painful tooth
- Tooth discoloration
- Worse pain when chewing or applying pressure
- Hot/cold sensitivity that doesn’t go away once the food or drink is removed
What’s Done During a Root Canal?
If you are experiencing the symptoms above, you will probably need to get a root canal. Don’t worry. Even though the root canal process has a bad reputation of being extremely painful it actually helps relieve the pain caused by deep infection or decay. But what does that even mean? Let’s walk through the process.
- Your dentist will first numb the area to limit any possible discomfort
- Once the numbing agent takes effect, a tiny hole will be made in the tooth.
- The dental team will then access the pulp chamber located inside the tooth. The pulp chamber is where the actual canals are. Nerves, pulp, and blood vessels are found inside those canals.
- All of the canal contents are thoroughly cleaned out then the pulp chamber and canals are sealed.
- Finally, the tooth is capped with a restoration which is usually a dental crown.
Reduce Your Risk
There are two things you can do to minimize your risk for needing a root canal. First, make sure you brush and floss every single day. This helps remove bacteria that can lead to decay. Second, always get a dental cleaning every six months. This cleaning is more thorough and removes more stuck on plaque than what you can do at home.
If you do think you need a root canal, don’t wait around for the pain to go away on its own, because chances are, it won’t. Instead, call our Mobile, Fairhope, Bay Minette, Helena, Semmes, or Hoover dental office to schedule an appointment as soon as you can. We’ll check out what’s going on and determine if in fact a root canal is the most appropriate treatment for you.
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