Signs and Symptoms that You Need a Root Canal
By Kathryn Winkel, DDS
December 29, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Find out if the symptoms you are experiencing might be an indicator that you need root canal treatment.root canal

Sure, we know that no one relishes the idea of needing to undergo dental treatment but sometimes it’s necessary for the sake of your oral health. Most dental problems don’t go away on their own and will only get worse if left untreated. This is why it’s so important that you turn to our Midland, MI, dentist, Dr. Kathryn Winkel, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:

  • A severe or sudden toothache
  • Worsening pain when chewing or putting pressure on the tooth
  • Swollen or sore gums around the tooth
  • Facial swelling on the side of the affected tooth
  • Increased tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Tooth darkening
  • A pimple-like lesion on the gums

While tooth pain alone isn’t an indicator that you need root canal therapy, it does mean that there is a problem that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later to ensure that there isn’t further damage to the tooth.

If these symptoms go ignored the bacteria that has affected the inside of the tooth (also known as the dental pulp) will continue to spread into the root canals. Not only will the bacteria kill the pulp but also it will eventually destroy the tooth and surrounding bone. When this happens the only option is to then remove the tooth and replace it.

Of course, the purpose of root canal therapy is to prevent a tooth extraction and to preserve as much of the tooth’s structure as possible. During root canal therapy, our Midland general dentist will numb the area around the tooth before drilling through the hard enamel layers to reach the dental pulp. From there, the infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is thoroughly disinfected. The root canals will be sealed with a special material to ensure that bacteria can’t get back and reinfect the tooth.

Once the inside of the tooth has been filled a custom-made dental crown is then placed over the tooth to restore function and strength post-treatment.

If you aren’t sure whether you should come in for dental care then you can always give our Midland, MI, family dentist a call to find out if your symptoms warrant an immediate trip to our office. After all, it’s better to play it safe rather than sorry.