Recognizing the Need for a Root Canal

Dental procedures and treatments seem to have a bad reputation. Over the years, the negative connotation surrounding the dentist has distorted the general view on things like teeth cleanings, cavities, and root canals. In reality, going to the dentist isn’t scary at all. In fact, many people will admit that while they were timid to go to the dentist, once they sat in the chair they felt completely at ease in the presence of their dental hygienist and dentist. Root canals, for instance, are one of those dental treatments that have caught a really bad reputation. In theory, this is an intimidating procedure. In all actuality, root canals are simply a natural cavity in the center of the tooth. The basis behind a root canal is removing any bacteria and dead or dying nerve tissue that may be inside of the tooth.

Recognizing the onset of any dental issue is imperative for the health of the gums and teeth. Being aware of your oral health is the key to prevention and the key to maintaining a healthy smile. The following are some of the most common damages that would result in a root canal:

  • Crack or chip in the tooth
  • Deep decay
  • Trauma to the face
  • Large fillings
  • Repeated treatment on the same tooth

While all of the above are rather obvious issues, there are times when the need for a root canal is far less blatant. The following are all signs that a root canal may be necessary:

  • Swollen and tender gums near the affected tooth
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Prolonged and extreme sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Tooth aches that are severe and caused by chewing or pressure to the tooth
  • Constant or recurring pimple on the gum

With such a high success rate, root canals are often done once and the tooth is fixed indefinitely. As such, there is no reason to fear making an appointment with the dentist if any of the above signs or symptoms apply to you. As a general rule when it comes to oral health, if in doubt, call your dentist and schedule an appointment.

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