A root canal cleans out decay in your tooth’s root and pulp. Your teeth have an outer enamel layer, a second dentin layer, and a soft inner core extending into your jawbone’s root that consists of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. When decay enters the core, the pulp can become inflamed, infected, or dead. So, what are the signs that you might need a root canal? Olney Dental is here to inform you.
Pain that never ceases is a telltale indicator that a root canal is necessary. If tooth pain bothers you persistently or it goes away but returns, you should seek immediate attention. You might feel the pain deep in your tooth’s bone. You might also experience referred irritation in your face, jaw, or other teeth. Tooth pain is also the result of other causes such as:
- Gum Disease
- Pain from a Sinus Infection or Other Issue
- A Damaged Filling
- An Infected and Impacted Tooth
However, you’ll never know unless you see a dentist. An early diagnosis and treatment plan leads to a better outcome.
If your tooth hurts when you drink or eat cold or hot things, you might need a root canal. Pay attention if you feel a dull ache or sharp pain that lingers for a long time, even after you’ve stopped eating or drinking. Blood vessels or nerves in your tooth could be infected or damaged.
Tooth trauma or deteriorating internal tissue can damage the roots, giving the tooth a grayish-black appearance. Infected tooth pulp could lead to discoloration. When there is an inadequate blood supply, tooth pulps can die. A root canal resolves this issue. However, tooth discoloration can also have other causes. A dentist can clarify the problem.
Swollen gums come from acidic waste products (diets heavy in meat, fried foods, soft drinks, and sweets) and dead pulp tissues—a healthy diet matters when you care about your dental health. Also, pay attention to gum boils or an abscess.
Chipped, Cracked, or Loose Teeth
Teeth cracked or chipped in an accident or teeth that feel loser cause bacteria to settle in, leading to inflammation and infection. Even tooth injury without cracks or chips can damage the tooth’s nerves. Therefore, when you experience an injury, you don’t want to delay treatment.
It’s time to schedule an appointment at Only Dental if one or more of these signs apply to you.
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