5 Signs It’s Time to Get a Root Canal
Root Canal Signs
When experiencing dental anxiety, getting any dental procedure done can send us into a fright—and when it includes matters like root canal procedures, this kind of dental work is no expectation.
To lessen your fear of root canals, we’d like to discuss why it may be necessary to have one and the signs you can be of aware of that indicate it is time to consult with your local Tampa dentist.
Here at North Pointe Dental Associates, our philosophy is simple: There’s no need to panic when you have solutions. Together, we can ensure you receive the treatment you need to have the healthy mouth you’ve always wanted.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal treatment is a treatment needed to eliminate infected pulp of the tooth and protect the decontaminated tooth from future microbial invasion. If you’re experiencing severe dental pain and need relief, this may be the first sign to look out for that can indicate you require a root canal treatment. You’ll typically require a root canal when there is inflammation or infection in the roots of a tooth.
Getting a Root Canal Procedure
Speaking with your regular dentist or general dentist is the first step toward seeing an endodontist as the endodontist will be the one performing your root canal treatment.
During your root canal, your endodontist will remove the dental pulp inside the tooth. After the pulp is removed, your endodontist will clean and disinfect the area, shape the root canals, and place a filling to seal the space. With a little bit of dental work, you’ll be able to have a pain-free mouth! And as we all realize, the cost of living pain-free is priceless.
Below, please take a look at additional signs to watch out for that indicate you may need endodontic treatment.
- Infected or Dying Teeth
The inside of your teeth is actually living tissue. Your natural tooth should be healthy, but if your tooth’s tissue is infected, your teeth can take a drastic turn toward unhealthy. At all costs, we want to avoid having to get a tooth extracted.Just like any other tissue, the inside of your tooth can get infected. This can cause your tooth to decay and even die. Essentially, you are at DEFCON 1 if your tooth is dying. This will require an emergency root canal in order to subdue your pain, stop the infection, and protect your other teeth.
- Pain Reliever
Despite the popular myth, root canals are actually meant to relieve pain, not cause it. It’s almost on the same level of discomfort as a cavity procedure which is quite minor. However, the reason why people fear root canals so much is because they wait too long before having one done. This makes the pain worse because you are ignoring the problem. Once you have the procedure, you will actually feel better and experience no pain.
- Pain Disappears
The human body is quite remarkable. It can repair itself, heal, self-regulate, and do so much more. However, this doesn’t apply to your precious teeth. Don’t ignore the problem and think that the pain will go away. If you feel that it does, well that’s probably because the nerves have died. Don’t let this happen because the infection could spread.
- Worsen Over Time
Again, ignoring the problem will only make things worse. This could lead to the infection spreading and lead to even more serious health problems. Don’t allow the bacteria-free reign to ruin your oral hygiene.
- Save Your Teeth
A root canal can save your tooth. The trick is having it done sooner rather than later when it’s too late. This will give your teeth and gums a better chance of being saved. Plus, it will already save any other work you already have done to your teeth.
Our next step recommendation for you
Excellent oral health is key to living a healthy life. Whether or not you’ve yet to make a trip to see your dentist or endodontist, waiting to resolve dental issues will only make matters worse. Bite the bullet, live through the fear, and make a decision that your future self will thank you for!
Do you have a dental emergency? If you’re unsure as to what is considered a dental emergency, read one of our latest blogs here. Also, feel free to contact us at (813) 961-1727 for your first appointment. We’re happy to assist you on your dental journey!