Signs You May Need a Root Canal
Could your mouth be trying to tell you that trouble is brewing?
It’s important that you are listening to what your mouth is trying to tell you. While not all dental issues will cause symptoms if you are noticing any changes that give you pause then it’s always a good idea to turn to our Bethesda, MD, family dentist Dr. John Kelly to find out whether or not you might require dental treatment such as a root canal.
Root canal treatment is actually more common than you might think and really not as big a deal as you might have been led to believe. Ignore those silly horror stories. In fact, the belief that root canals are painful is a myth that we are here to debunk. So, why is a root canal sometimes necessary?
While tooth enamel is very strong it can still become damaged by decay, trauma, or an infection. When these issues are bad enough they can break through the enamel and enter the inside of the tooth, infecting the dental pulp and root canals. Once bacteria has entered the inside of the tooth the only option is for our Bethesda, MD, dentist to go in and disinfect the tooth while also removing the infected dental pulp.
A dental pulp is a fleshy mass that is integral to the development of a tooth. Of course, once the tooth has fully matured the pulp is no longer necessary for it to thrive. If the pulp has been infected the most common and telltale sign is a toothache.
A toothache can manifest itself in many ways. You may only notice pain when chewing or putting pressure on the tooth, while others may experience constant pain. The pain can range from mild to severe. Of course, any dental pain isn’t normal and it’s important that you nip the problem in the bud as soon as possible. If you are experiencing a toothache please give your family dentist a call right away.
Other signs that you may need a root canal include:
- Lingering or sudden tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages
- Puffy, red, or tender gums surrounding the affected tooth
- Tooth darkening (a sign that the roots of the tooth have decayed)
- A pimple-like bump on the gums (a sign of an infection)
If you are dealing with a toothache or other symptoms that you suspect might be warning you that you need care then don’t hesitate to turn to our Bethesda, MD, family dentist right away. Call Bethesda Row Dental today!