When you visit with our dentist and it’s discovered that you have a cavity or other damage to a tooth, you might think that a filling will be sufficient. If the damage is too severe, then a root canal might be the best option to consider. Before you find out that you need a root canal from our dentist, there are a few signs that you can pay attention to so that you know what to expect.
Perhaps the most common sign that you need a root canal is pain. The pain that you experience could occur when you’re eating or drinking. It could also be present all the time, making it difficult to focus on much of anything during the day. If there’s an infection present, then this could result in severe pain as well. Our dentist can examine your tooth to determine exactly what’s causing the pain that you have and make the best recommendation, often a root canal if the tooth can be saved instead of being extracted.
Sometimes, your teeth can become chipped or cracked. This usually occurs when you eat something that’s hard, such as ice or candy. Your teeth can also become damaged while playing sports or if you’re in a car accident. When a tooth breaks, the nerves that are underneath the tooth can become exposed. This can cause severe pain and can sometimes result in an infection developing in this area of your tooth. The infection can quickly spread to other areas of your mouth and the rest of your body. A root canal can give you the relief that you desire and give you a healthy tooth instead of one that’s broken.
If you notice that your teeth are more sensitive to hot or cold foods, then you might need a root canal. An ache that is tolerable can sometimes progress to a pain that you can’t control after eating anything from ice cream to hot soup. The exposed or damaged nerves of your tooth can result in sensitivity to certain foods with the end result being a root canal so that you can enjoy eating and drinking once again. Pay attention to your gums as swollen gums around a damaged tooth can sometimes indicate that there’s an infection present or that there are other issues that need to be addressed.
To find out if you need this treatment, or to learn more, reach out to our educated staff at Brevard Smiles in either Indian Harbour Beach or Rockledge, FL. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!