Signs You May Need a Root Canal
Different oral health problems can be signs you may need a root canal. Being familiar with the signs is important so you can see a dentist right away if you develop any of them. A root canal performed at the right time can save an infected and decaying tooth from extraction. At Coleman Dental, Dr. Robert Coleman and Dr. Tamar Hoff-Nir are your dentists for root canals and general dentistry in Merrick, NY.
The Root Canal Procedure
During the procedure, the dentist removes any sign of infection and decay from inside the tooth and its root. Once the infected interior is removed, the area is thoroughly cleaned out and is then filled in with an inert material called gutta percha. The filling prevents infection from developing in that area again. The tooth is then protected with a dental filling or dental crown. This makes the tooth strong again so it can be used to bite and chew food again without any pain or discomfort.
Root Canal Signs
A severe toothache is one indication a root canal might be needed, but there are other signs, as well. The dentists at your Merrick general dentistry office can examine your tooth to determine if a root canal is needed. Signs you may need a root canal can include:
- A severe toothache
- Severe mouth pain
- Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold items
- Sharp pain when biting or chewing food
- Feeling of persistent pressure in the mouth
Benefits of Root Canals
In addition to saving the natural tooth and avoiding extraction, root canals offer several other benefits. They strengthen damaged and weakened teeth so normal tooth functions can resume. They also alleviate any pain, discomfort, and sensitivity resulting from the infection and decay inside the tooth. Finally, the procedure for performing root canals is not much more complicated than having a cavity filled.
There are several signs you may need a root canal, such as a severe toothache or severe mouth pain. To find out if you need a root canal, schedule an exam with Dr. Coleman or Dr. Hoff-Nir by calling Coleman Dental, your Merrick general dentistry office, at (516) 378-0867.