When Do You Need A Root Canal Treatment – Signs Not To Avoid

Root canal treatment also referred to as endodontic therapy, is an effective and safe treatment for teeth whose pulp has become inflamed or infected. Root canal treatment is the process of removing infected or injured tissue (pulp) from inside the crown and roots of a tooth. Once cleaned, the canal is disinfected, shaped, filled, and sealed with a natural rubber-like material called gutta-percha. The opening of the tooth is then sealed with either a temporary or permanent filling to prevent future infection. 

Successful root canal treatment lets you keep the tooth rather than having to pull it out. Keeping your tooth helps to prevent your other teeth from drifting out of line and causing jaw problems. Saving a natural tooth avoids having to replace it with an artificial tooth.

If you are in confusion whether or not you need root canal treatment here are some signs that will help you decide if the dental trouble is surfacing:


A Dull Color in the Form of Gray/Black Developing On Your Tooth

The hurt and damage caused to the internal tissue can also contaminate the pulp area. This contamination shows up in the form of gray/black color, which shows that your tooth is lacking an adequate flow of blood. This discoloration is quite visible when your front tooth suffers from problems.

Although tooth discoloration can have other causes, it is always a good idea to see your dentist if you notice that a tooth is changing color. The sooner your tooth can be treated, the better the outcome will likely be. We offer you the solutions at affordable rates so you do not have to worry.


Swollen Gums Built with Acidic Waste

Infected tooth area can show signs of pain and swollen gums. It would be noticeable when you touch the area, and it follows with pain. This is the time when your tooth is demanding quick treatment or it could lead to building up more acidic waste increasing the swelling or developing pus, leading to bad breath. Your dentist will be quick at diagnosing it and fixing the problem as well.


Persistent Tooth Pain

Persistent tooth pain is one of the signs that you may need a root canal. The pain in your tooth might bother you all the time, or it might go away from time to time but always return. You may feel the pain deep in the bone of your tooth. Or you may feel referred pain in your face, jaw, sinuses, or in your other teeth.

There can be other factors such as gum disease, damaged filling, or impacted tooth that might be causing pain. Perhaps, you might need a root canal or other treatment, but it is crucial to visit your dentist when tooth pain comes to the surface. If you get it diagnosed in the early stages, further complexities can be avoided.

Sensitivity to hot/cold

Another common sign that you might need a root canal is tooth sensitivity. If your tooth aches when you drink hot drinks such as coffee or tea, this is a problem. What starts as a dull ache can progress into a sharp, intense pain. Cold foods and drinks can also cause a lot of pain for those with an infected tooth.

If your tooth hurts when you eat or drink something hot or cold, it may be an indication that the blood vessels and nerves in your tooth are infected or damaged.


Cracked Tooth

If you have chipped or cracked your tooth in an accident, in a contact sport, or by chewing on something hard, bacteria can set in and lead to inflammation and infection. Even if you injure a tooth, but it does not chip or crack, the injury may still damage the nerves of the tooth. The nerve can become inflamed and cause pain and sensitivity, which may require root canal treatment.

When your tooth undergoes nerve damage, signs can show up quite quickly in the form of swelling, pain, bad breath, unhealthy tastes in the mouth, which you need not avoid. Head over to our clinic at My Family Dental Clinic and let our dentist help you with the treatment.


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