Root canal treatment is more common than you may think, but not all dentists will recommend them. Find out the signs that indicate you need this procedure to help ensure your oral health and overall well-being remain at their best. If you are experiencing any of the following problems, be sure to contact your dentist as soon as possible to discuss whether or not a root canal treatment may be necessary for you.
The Early Signs
If your toothache is not responding to over-the-counter painkillers, or if you can’t drink cold drinks because your teeth hurt so much, it could be a sign that you need a root canal. Root canal treatment can usually be done without antibiotics and with only a local anesthetic. But sometimes root canal treatment requires general anesthesia. If you have already had root canal treatment before and now need more, this is probably because too little of your nerve was removed during the last procedure. However, if your toothache is being caused by periodontal gum disease, then it’s unlikely that rootviortreatment will be able to fix it completely on its own; antibiotics might also be needed.
The 5 Most Common Warning Signs
The symptoms of a tooth infection or abscess can vary, but there is typically an accumulation of pus or bacteria that affects the nerves of your teeth. The symptoms may also be pain or sensitivity to cold or hot food and drinks. Check out the list below for additional signs you may need root canal therapy:
– Pain in your face or neck when you chew on that side
– Dull ache in your gums when you eat hard foods like apples, ice cream, etc.
– Change in temperature in your cheek on one side (chills than fever)
– Fever that accompanies any other symptom
When To See A Dentist
Seeing a dentist for a routine check-up at least twice every year can help you catch problems like cavities and tooth decay early on when they are easier to treat. When symptoms appear, schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. Some signs of tooth pain may include discomfort when chewing or biting food; tenderness of gum tissue; swelling; hot or cold sensitivity; lack of appetite for sweets; localized sensitivity to cold or heat temperatures.
What Do Dentists Do During A Root Canal Procedure?
A root canal is used to treat tooth nerve injury from an infection inside of the tooth. The bacteria that causes the pain will have typically entered at one of two points: through the sensitive outer layer called dentin or even more deeply into what is called bone tissue. We need to remove as much of this bacteria as possible from all sides of your tooth and also from inside your tooth’s pulp chamber. This is why we use special tools to clean, shape, drill out and fill an area that was once inside your tooth’s pulp chamber, which may have once had living tissue in it.
Considerations Before Getting A Root Canal Procedure
If you have sensitivity to hot or cold, chewing and biting down with your front teeth can be signs that you need treatment. However, if they are no longer sensitive at all then it is most likely an injury rather than something more severe. You should also make an appointment with your dentist if you notice any swelling in the jaw or gums as this can be indicative of infection. One last consideration to make when trying to decide if a root canal procedure is needed is whether or not there is any nerve pain. If there is, it’s time to get a tooth removed.
Long-Term Effects Of Untreated Tooth Decay
If you want to avoid infection, toothaches, and more severe dental problems, it’s important to keep up with your teeth by practicing preventive care and visiting your dentist regularly. Ignoring decay can lead to dental problems including:
— Chronic pain that could last for months.
— Gum disease can form if the gums recede due to infection.
— Receding gumline may expose parts of the tooth that no longer have enamel, causing them to rot and eventually fall out.
— Tooth abscesses happen when an infected part of a tooth ruptures into a cyst below your gum line where bacteria has formed because of rotting tissue and debris from food particles trapped in between your teeth.
Alternative To Having A Root Canal Done At The Dentist’s Office
For most people, there are two options for getting a root canal: one is to go to your dentist and have it done in their office, while the other is to go to your regular doctor’s office. The former can cost upwards of $900 and be excruciatingly painful, whereas the latter will be significantly cheaper, but might not be able to fix all issues. For example, if you’ve had an infection in your tooth for over three months and it’s resulted in decay or serious damage, then you should probably go get it removed by a specialist.