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Do I need a Root Canal?
February 17, 2016  |  Root Canal Therapy

Do I need a Root Canal?

Root canal treatment is a multi-step dental procedure that involves treating a tooth that has suffered irreversible damage to the tooth nerve. The damage may have been brought about by:

  • Tooth decay that has penetrated through the tooth enamel and the dentin leading to invasion on the nerve and pulp within the root canals and chambers.

  • Unchecked decay that has led to infected or abscessed tooth.

  • The nerve of the tooth has become exposed due to chipped or broken tooth.

  • Past trauma of a tooth that was untreated.

  • Age causing the tooth to die slowly.

Root canal can prolong the life and use of the tooth. The question is how can you and your dentist tell if you need the treatment done?

Signs You Need a Root Canal

Before going to a dental professional, pay attention to any pain or symptoms. During checkups, a general dentist will ask you if you’ve experienced any sensitivities or discomfort.

Signs of severe infections to require a root canal include:

  • Acute tooth pain which persists for extended periods of time. Pain may interrupt your eating habits and sleep.

  • Pain radiating into your jaw, ear or temple areas.

  • Pain when you put pressure on the area.

  • Sensitivity to hot or cold that tends to linger after the hot or cold stimuli have been removed.

  • Darkening of the tooth when compared with other teeth.

  • A pimple-like bump on the gums near the area of teeth pain.

  • Tenderness, swelling abscess in the gums near the affected area.

  • Broken, cracked or chipped tooth which usually cause significant pain.

While the need for a root canal is usually triggered by these symptoms, there are cases where you may still have no symptoms, and yet need a root canal. Sometimes a tooth will have died within the socket and as the nerves are no longer living, you are unable to feel the pain or discomfort.

Should you notice any of the symptoms, contact Affordable Dentist Near me right away. We’ll arrange for you to come in right away or may schedule an emergency care depending on the severity of your symptoms.

Root Canal Treatment

Before your actual root canal procedure, we'll examine your tooth and take X-rays to assess the condition of your infected teeth and diagnose the cause of your problem. Post-examination, the first step involves delivering local anesthetic to numb the area and prevent teeth pain during the treatment. An opening is carefully made, usually in the crown of the tooth, followed by cleaning out the decayed pulp using special tools. Depending on the condition, we may leave the tooth open in order to drain out additional material out of the tooth or may put a temporary filling in the tooth to protect the site while the infected material drains away completely.

Remember, the sooner you get the treatment, the better chance of saving your tooth.

If you want Root Canal Treatment in Fort Worth, Grand prairie and Crowley contact us today!