How Do You Know If You Need A Root Canal?

How Do You Know If You Need A Root Canal?

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Your dental team treats many different dental issues - and that includes root canal treatment. This simple yet special procedure can help to save a tooth with a diseased root. While only a dental professional can diagnose the need for a root canal, you will likely experience a few signs and symptoms that can let you know something is going on with your tooth. 

What is a Root Canal? 

Root canal treatment is used to remove decay and infection from an ailing tooth. For one reason or another, if bacteria has made its way into the soft region under the tooth’s enamel and dentin, known as the pulp, it can cause inflammation and pain around the nerve. This treatment is designed to clean out the infection in the tiny canals of the root and remove the pulp. 

Upon completion of the procedure, the tooth is then sealed up. Once healed, integrity and functionality are often restored to the tooth using a crown. This will allow the natural tooth to thrive for years to come. 

Signs You May Need a Root Canal

There are signs that could indicate you need a root canal. Below are a few signs you should look out for that may indicate root canal treatment is necessary. 

Chronic Pain. Pain that is consistent is an indicator that you may need a root canal, whether it is nonstop or if it comes and goes. This pain may be felt in more places than just your suspected tooth. It can be felt in other teeth, your jaw, or even your face. Keep in mind that sometimes tooth pain can be from other concerns, such as a cavity, sinus infection, or even gum disease. 

Tooth Discoloration. Tooth discoloration happens when there is an infection in the pulp of the tooth, but it can also happen due to other reasons, like trauma. 

Sensitivity to Hot or Cold Temperatures. Sensitivity can happen for many different reasons, including a tooth in need of a root canal. When eating or drinking anything that is cold or hot, you may experience sharp pain or a dull ache that doesn’t necessarily dissipate quickly. 

A Cracked or Chipped Tooth. Whether you can see the crack or not, a cracked or chipped tooth can leave the root easily accessible by bacteria. And this can lead to infection. 

Gum Concerns. If your gums are tender, swollen, or sore around the area of the ailing tooth - or you see pimple-like bumps, you may be dealing with a tooth in need of a root canal. 

Root Canals at Paramount Dental Arts

If you are experiencing any of the above signs or believe that you may need a root canal, then it is important to be seen by a dental professional as soon as possible. Not only will this offer you relief, but it will also reduce the chance of saving your natural tooth. The highly-skilled team at Paramount Dental Arts is here to diagnose and treat your infected tooth. 

To learn more about root canals or to schedule an appointment, contact us at 973-777-1772 . Or, request an appointment online.