A lot of people have heard about root canal, but never know when they need one. Well, you are about to find out, but first, let us understand what a root canal is and how it works.
A root canal is a procedure done using a tiny roto-rooter that helps clean out decay from an infected tooth and preserve it for longer. When you pay us a visit for a root canal procedure, our experienced dentists or endodontists may attend to you. During the procedure, our dentists usually clean out the bacteria and decay from the nerve, root, and pulp of the infected tooth. They then disinfect the place with antibiotics, fill up the roots, then seal the treated place to keep it from decay.
So, how will you know that you need a root canal?
Well, the best way to know if you need a root canal is to pay us a visit for an oral checkup. However, some symptoms can help you identify a problem that may need this procedure as treatment.
When you have a persistent toothache, this may be a sign that you need a root canal. You may have this pain throughout or it keeps disappearing and coming back after a while. This feeling may be deep in the jaw, a specific tooth, or your face. In this case, we advise that you visit us so we may determine if you need a root canal. The earlier you come to us the better.
Sensitivity to Heat and Cold
Does your tooth feel sensitive when you take an ice-cold drink or hurt when you are eating warm food? This feeling could mean that the blood vessels and nerves in the sensitive tooth are damaged or infected. So, you might be a candidate for a root canal, especially if this feeling lingers on for some time. Talk to us for help with the sensitivity of your tooth.
Sometimes a painful tooth may be surrounded by a swollen gum. The swelling may disappear and come back after a while. The gum may be tender to the touch, or painful. Such instances call for a root canal.
Visit our offices, in case you have any of these symptoms, and we shall help you with the necessary treatment.
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