Do I need a Root Canal?

December 18, 2016
Posted By: Dr. Richard Leung
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Root canals are needed when a tooth has severe decay or damage. It's very common to need a root canal if cavities are left untreated, allowing the decay to progress into the inner area of your tooth. 

This procedure is more in-depth than a normal filling. First, your dentist will administer some anesthetic to ensure that you don't feel any pain during the procedure, and then they will drill a hole to allow access to the inside of your tooth. Your dentist will then use a series of specialized tools to remove the decay, infection, and all of the pulp and nerves from the inside of the affected tooth. Then the tooth is cleaned thoroughly, filled, and topped with a custom crown to provide protection to the tooth. This procedure allows you to save a natural tooth and prevents any further decay from forming in that tooth. 

Signs You may Need a Root Canal 

The only way to be sure that you need a root canal treatment is to visit your dentist. Your dentist can then take x-rays and evaluate your teeth and gums for any issues. Lastly, they can recommend the best treatment options for your needs. That being said, here are some common signs that you have an infected or a highly damaged tooth that may require a root canal treatment: 

  • Pain: Experiencing a toothache is a very common sign of an infection. Once tooth decay reaches the inner area of your tooth, it's common for the pulp inside your tooth to become infected and inflamed. With nowhere for the inflammation to go, this creates a lot of pressure inside the tooth which leads to pain for the patient in the affected area. 
  • Swelling: It's also common to experience some swelling in the gums surrounding the affected tooth in the case of severe decay. This type of swelling can also be a sign of an abscess forming, which is a fairly common occurrence. 
  • Sensitivity: It's common to experience more intense sensitivity to hot and cold with an infected tooth or decayed tooth. This will normally be prolonged, and fairly intense so you should be able to notice a difference in how your teeth feel. 

Root Canals Temple TX

If you have any questions, or if you are experiencing tooth pain, don't hesitate to contact our office today. We'll get you an appointment right away to get the problem addressed quickly, and we'll be able to advise you on the best treatment options for your needs. 

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