Find out why that toothache might just mean that you need a root canal.
It’s important to know when you need to see your Newtown, CT, dentist, Dr. Ratna Vedullapalli, for treatment. While it won’t always be apparent, there are some symptoms that can alert you to when its time to visit our office for an examination. Read on to learn about them!
So, what are the warning signs that you may need to get root canal treatment?
The classic sign is a toothache. The pain may range from mild to unbearable, but no matter how severe the pain is (or isn’t) it’s still important that you get it checked out. A toothache is typically a warning sign of decay, infection, or traumatic injury (e.g. fracture or crack).
Along with a toothache you may also experience,
- Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold foods/drinks
- Soreness or tenderness when chewing or touching the affected area
- Tooth darkening (the tooth may appear grey)
- Swelling, redness, and pain of the gums around the tooth
- An abscess (a pimple-like bump that develops on the gums)
Any of these symptoms warrant an immediate trip to the dentist’s office.
What is the purpose of root canal treatment?
The problem occurs when an infection or bacteria enters the inside of the tooth, infecting the dental pulp. The dental pulp is the soft tissue inside the tooth that contains nerves, which is why you often experience dental pain when you need a root canal. Once the dental pulp has been infected, the only option is to perform a simple root canal treatment to remove the pulp and to remove the infection. If left untreated the bacteria can cause irreparable damage to the tooth, as well as the jawbone and surrounding teeth.
In the past, the only option was to remove the tooth; however, a root canal from our Newtown, CT, office allows our dentist to preserve the natural tooth and to prevent the need for an extraction!
Give us a call!
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above or noticing any changes in your smile, contact Diamond Dental in Newtown, CT, right away for care. Dial (203) 403-2428 today!