Find out why root canals are performed and when you might benefit from one.
Ouch! You woke up with a nasty toothache. Now what? You may be ignoring it and wishing it would just go away (unfortunately, that isn’t going to happen), but it’s important that you visit our Wake Forest, NC, dentist Dr. Shanean Anderson the moment you experience any issues with your smile (no matter how insignificant it might seem). After all, pain is your body’s way of telling you that something isn’t right. It’s time to listen.
So, what is a root canal?
This is a commonly performed dental procedure and most people have heard about it but don’t really understand the purpose. When bacteria is able to penetrate through the hard outer layers of a tooth and enter the inside of the tooth it infects or inflames the dental pulp.
Once the pulp is infected or inflamed it will cause pain and need to be removed. If the pulp isn’t removed, the bacteria inside the tooth will continue to spread to the roots and even the jawbone.
How do you know if you need a root canal?
Unfortunately, sometimes you won’t be able to tell if you need a root canal or not; however, don’t despair. By keeping up with routine dental checkups every six months our Wake Forest, NC, general dentist will be able to detect any changes or warning signs that might mean that you need a root canal. Of course, sometimes there are certain symptoms that can arise and tip you off to the fact that something is going on. Common symptoms include:
- Dental pain (the pain may get worse when chewing or biting down on the tooth)
- Sudden tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
- Swollen, red or tender gums surrounding the infected tooth
- Sudden darkening or discoloration of the tooth
- The presence of an abscess (a pimple-like growth and a sign of an infection) on the gums
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it’s time to call our Wake Forest, NC, emergency dentist. Dental pain alone is considered a dental emergency that requires immediate care. By getting a root canal now you could prevent the need for a tooth extraction in the future. If you are having any dental problems call Smile Sculptors of Wake Forest right away.