Signs You May Need a Root Canal

By Michael J. Tisdelle DDS
June 11, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Are you suffering from severe constant pain in one tooth or more? Does eating or drinking hot or cold foods or drinks exaggerate this pain? If your answer is yes, then you may need a root canal treatment, fortunately, this is one of the services that is offered by your Charlottesville, VA, dentist Dr. Michael Tisdelle.

What is root canal treatment?

Toothache, filling leakage, or any damage in the teeth due to accidents will make it possible for the bacteria that live naturally in the mouth to grow inside the tooth reaching the soft tissue which is called the dental pulp causing infection. This bacterial infection will cause pulp inflammation, which will further increase the bacterial growth, so we must remove these microorganisms from the teeth, this is best done using a root canal.

At the beginning of the procedure, Dr. Tisdelle will make a small hole in your tooth, and then using special instruments, your Charlottesville, VA, dentist will extract any dead or dying tissues and clean the canals thoroughly making sure that they become bacteria-free, this is followed by the addition of inert filling to close the canal, and finally, the opening will be closed using adhesive cement to prevent any future infections. During the whole process, you will be under the effect of a local anesthetic which makes the procedure comfortable. Finally, your tooth will be protected by a new dental crown.

Signs that you need a root canal.

One of the most obvious signs is the severe continuous pain that escalates with eating, chewing, or drinking, especially if the foods or drinks are extremely hot or cold. Also, gum swelling may present and may develop into facial swelling. In the advanced stages of the pulp damage, puss may be seen as well as teeth darkening in color.

if you are suffering from one or more of these signs please don’t ignore them, because if you don’t have a root canal at the right time you are at risk of losing your tooth.

You can save your teeth with root canal therapy. Call your Charlottesville, VA, dentist Dr. Tisdelle at (434) 977-4101 and book your appointment now!