Are you suffering from tooth sensitivity, excessive tooth decay, pimples on gums, or sharp pain when chewing? If yes, there are chances that your root canal is infected. If not treated on time by getting a root canal treatment, the infection may spread to the gums and cheeks, resulting in an advanced infection or may even cause loss of a tooth.
Root canal treatment
During the root canal procedure, your dentist removes the infected part of the tooth root and cleans it out to ensure the best oral health.
What does Root Canal Involve?
Unlike traditional beliefs, the root canal procedure is practically pain-free as the dentist will administer local anesthesia to numb down the area around which the procedure will be conducted. The dentist will then place a sheet called the rubber dam around the tooth to keep the tooth dry and free of saliva during the procedure. He will then drill into the affected tooth to reach the decayed parts, and the pulp, along with bacteria and decayed nerve tissue, is cleaned out. The dentist then closes the hole using a tooth-colored sealant.
Root canal treatments are the best and long-lasting solution to avoid toothache and infection and keep the surrounding teeth and gums safe. If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity or toothache, schedule an appointment with your dentist so that we may take a close look at the issue and recommend a root canal treatment if necessary.
What symptoms suggest I need a root canal?
The first and the most common symptom associated with an infection in the teeth is a pain when you bite or chew. But you might experience other symptoms as well, including:
- Facial swelling
- Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Tooth darkening
- Swollen, tender, or bleeding gums
- Recurring pimple on the gums
- Persistent bad breath
At times, patients may not experience any of these symptoms, and only a dentist can detect the infection or inflammation only during a routine exam. Therefore, it’s essential to have regular dental exams and cleanings at least two times per year.