How do you know if you need a root canal?

If you are experiencing any severe tooth pain while eating, pain while applying pressure on your teeth, or sensitivity to hot or cold, then you may need to seek professional care. These are the signs to look out for, and these signs may indicate you require a root canal.

Root canals are required when the pulp or soft tissue inside the root canal of the tooth becomes infected or inflamed.  The inflammation can be caused by decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, a crack or chip in the tooth, or even a tooth injury.

At North River Dental Care we strive to provide a professional and relaxing atmosphere for our patients. Our team will discuss treatment options, and provide the best treatment to our patients.

You never want to ignore any signs of pain with your teeth.  If left untreated, an abscess can form, and pain will progress and get worse. In some cases, patients will have no symptoms of needing a root canal. Our team at North River Dental can guide you, and make you aware of any signs that require attention.

Signs you should not ignore:

  • Pain or prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold.
  • Tenderness while chewing, or tenderness to the touch around the mouth or tooth.
  • Tooth discoloration.
  • Any swelling, or drainage around the tooth.
  • Lymph nodes feel tender.
  • Bone or gum tissue surrounding tooth area feels tender to the touch.

During the root canal procedure, our team will remove the infected pulp and clean up the root canal. The space is then filled and sealed. Local anesthesia is used around the area to minimize any pain, and keep the patient comfortable. A crown can be made same day in our office, or if the crown has to be ordered, a temporary crown will be placed over your tooth until the permanent crown is installed.

After the root canal procedure is completed, you may feel some discomfort or sensitivity, but this will go away after a few days. Our team at North River Dental will go over caring for your root canal at home. Good hygiene with brushing and flossing each day, will keep your crown and root canal looking and feeling great.

Call or email North River Dental today to schedule an appointment, and see how we can solve any root canal concerns you may have.

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