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3 Signs You May Need a Root Canal

If you are suffering from damage affecting the root and pulp of your teeth then you will require a dentist to diagnose these conditions, but there are symptoms that can help indicate the need for an examination. Here, our Belleville dentists share three of the signs that could point to the need for root canal surgery.

Root Canal Procedures

The root canal is made up of the inner passages of a tooth that connect the pulp to the roots.

A root canal procedure is a dental treatment in which infected tooth pulp material is removed from the interior of the tooth to prevent pain and preserve the tooth.

What Are The Signs That You May Require a Root Canal?

Severe Tooth Pain

If you are experiencing tooth pain it could indicate that there is an infection within the tooth.

You may notice sharp pain while you are chewing or otherwise applying pressure to the tooth. Along with pain felt from using your tooth you may also suffer from pain and sensitivity to hot and cold.

If you are experiencing pain in your tooth, make an appointment with your Belleville dentists as soon as possible for a diagnosis.

A Bump on the Gums

You may notice a small, pimple-like bump forming on the gums near a tooth that might need a root canal. This is called a dental cyst.

Dental cysts form around the roots of decayed or infected teeth and sometimes form if a tooth's pulp is infected.

Tooth Darkening

If a tooth has internal damage it can cause the colour of the tooth to change. If you notice that one of your teeth has become darker than the others, it may be indicative of a problem with the inner pulp.

Will a Root Canal Be Painful?

A root canal procedure might sound scary, but with today’s technology, it’s typically not a whole lot more different than having a deep filling. There’s little to no pain because your dentist will use local anesthesia to numb your tooth and gums so you’re comfortable during the procedure.

Your mouth may feel sore or tender after the root canal. Your dentist may suggest that you take over-the-counter pain medication such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil).

Generally, pre-treatment pain can be high, but the pain tends to drop moderately within a day of treatment and then drop substantially to minimal levels within a week.

Ways You Can Help Prevent The Need For a Root Canal

To prevent the need for a root canal, it’s important to follow the same dental hygiene habits that help prevent cavities and other tooth problems. To keep your teeth healthy, try to get into the habit of following these steps:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Floss between your teeth at least once a day.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste or a fluoride rinse.
  • See your dentist for checkups every 6 months.
  • Have your teeth professionally cleaned by your dentist at least once a year.
  • Limit the amount of sugary food and refined carbohydrates you eat. These foods have a tendency to stick to your teeth. If you eat sugary foods, try to rinse your mouth or brush your teeth shortly afterward.

If you begin to experience any of the symptoms outlined above, contact our Belleville dentists for a consultation and examination.

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