Teeth that have damage to the roots or nerves may need a root canal. If you are having symptoms that your tooth is damaged, call Cordano Dental today to set up a consultation. Our dentists will give you a full inspection to determine the best course of treatment.
Signs You May Need a Root Canal
Root canals are performed when the pulp inside the root of your tooth is decayed or infected. Often, you will start having symptoms that indicate you need a root canal. If you are having any of the following symptoms, don’t ignore them! Call Cordano Dental and we will get you back to full dental health. Signs you may need a root canal include:
- Pain when biting or chewing.
- Increased tooth sensitivity to cold or heat.
- Gum swelling around the tooth.
- Darkening tooth, like it’s becoming stained.
- Pain when pressure is applied.
Root Canal Myths
Many people ignore signs they need a root canal because they are afraid. However, these fears are often unfounded. Get the facts about root canals here:
Myth #1: Root canals hurt badly.
Most patients report that the pain of the infected tooth is much worse than the root canal therapy. Root canals are done with the tooth and gums numbed, just like getting a filling. This makes it no more uncomfortable than getting a cavity filled.
When the root canal is done, the pain the infected tooth has been causing will be gone, increasing your comfort. In fact, most patients return to normal activities the day after their root canal!
Myth #2: Root canals are bad for the teeth.
Some people believe this because root canals replace the pulp inside your teeth. However, the pulp is only necessary when your teeth are growing in and developing.
By the time you are older, the pulp inside your teeth is not necessary, and having a root canal will not cause your tooth to decay. Having a root canal when your tooth is infected is actually the best way to prevent tooth decay, since untreated pulp infections lead to major tooth problems.
Myth #3: Root canals require lots of upkeep afterwards.
A common belief is that any dental work requires lots of upkeep after it is completed in order to keep your teeth healthy. This isn’t true! Once root canals are finished, the root is sealed up and the tooth is restored with a filling or a crown.
This means that all you need to do to keep the tooth healthy are the normal things you do every day, such as brushing your teeth, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash. Usual cleanings and checkups ensure that everything is healthy, and you won’t need to worry about the root canal.
Cordano Dental does root canal in-house and has options for sedation dentistry for your convenience and ease. Our state-of-the-art technology and friendly, professional dentists make us the place for all your dental needs. Call today to schedule your first appointment!