Could a Root Canal Help Me?

By By Michael J. Tisdelle DDS
February 20, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: root canal  

Have you been experiencing dental pain or troublesome tooth changes lately? If so, your dentist in Charlottesville, VA, Dr. Michael Tisdelle, may be able to help the situation with tooth-saving root canal therapy.

Why are Root Canals Needed?

Your dentist may recommend a root canal if you have an inflammation or infection in your tooth pulp. The pulp, a soft mass of tissue, nerves, and blood vessels, is protected by the harder dentin and enamel layers of your tooth. Pulp plays an important role during the development of teeth, but isn't essential once a tooth has reached maturity. After removing the pulp during a root canal, your tooth will continue to function normally.

Once your pulp becomes inflamed or infected, the only way to treat the problem is to remove the pulp during root canal therapy. If you don't have a root canal, your problem will worsen, and you'll eventually lose the tooth.

Do You Need a Root Canal?

Although you'll need to pay a visit to our Charlottesville dental office to determine if you need a root canal, you may experience one or more of these symptoms if you have an inflammation or infection in a tooth:

  • A Persistent Toothache: Infections and inflammations don't always cause severe pain. Even mild pain or pain that comes and goes can be a symptom that you have a problem deep inside your tooth.
  • Mealtime Difficulties: Pain often worsens when you consume foods and beverages that are hot, cold, or sugary, with effects that can linger as long as 30 minutes.
  • Gum Changes: Is your gum around your tooth red and painful? The symptoms could be caused by an infection or inflammation in your pulp.
  • Tooth Injury: Root canals may be needed after an injury to your tooth, particularly if the tooth is cracked, broken, or was re-implanted after being knocked out.
  • Change in Color: Does your tooth suddenly look darker than nearby teeth? Color changes may indicate an issue with your pulp.
  • Abscess Symptoms: You'll need a root canal as soon as possible if you have an abscess caused by a bacterial infection in your pulp. Abscess symptoms can include severe pain, fever, swollen lymph nodes, facial swelling, pus on your gum, or a pimple-like bump on the gum next to the tooth.

Concerned? Give Us a Call

Protect your smile with root canal therapy! Call your dentist in Charlottesville, VA, Dr. Tisdelle, at (434) 977-4101 to schedule an appointment.