First, what is a root canal? A root canal cleans out the decay in your tooth’s pulp and root.
Your teeth have an enamel layer on the outside, a second layer of dentin, and a soft inside core that extends into the root in your jawbone. The core contains the dental pulp, which consists of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue.
When decay gets into the soft core, the pulp can become inflamed or infected, or even necrotic (dead). A root canal is needed to clean out the decay.
So, how do you know if you need a root canal? Are there telltale signs?
Tooth sensitivity to cold or heat can indicate the need for a root canal.
You may experience tooth sensitivity as a result of inflamed and infected tooth nerves that become hypersensitive to cold or hot food or drinks. The sensation occurs as a dull ache that can lead to sharp, intense pain. The discomfort can linger after you’ve stopped eating or drinking.
Sensitivity to heat can often times be a telltale sign for needing a root canal.
Sore / Swollen Gums
Soreness that occurs when you eat or put pressure on the affected area can also indicate the presence of infected tooth nerves that require a root canal for relief. If you’ve noticed that your gums are swollen it may be a sign of an infected tooth. The swollen gums will be tender and a bit painful to the touch and will remain swollen.
Benefits of getting a root canal
Root canals are among the most common dental procedures. Thanks to root canals, many patients can keep their natural teeth that they may have otherwise lost to extraction. While removing the tooth is sometimes the only option, preserving natural teeth is the most beneficial. In the hands of a skilled professional, such as Dr. Sadiq, root canals allow many patients to keep their natural teeth while relieving the pain.
Treatment can save your tooth
If you have any of the signs you need a root canal, check out our services. You could need root canal treatment, but the only way to tell is by going to the dentist and getting evaluated by an expert. Don’t put your tooth and your health at risk, schedule a dental exam!