There are several possible signs indicating that you may need a root canal. Recognizing these signs is important so you can see a dentist right away to determine if a root canal can save your tooth. Without a root canal, it is likely the tooth will eventually need to be extracted. Signs you may need a root canal include sensitivity to hot and cold food and drink items, sharp pain when biting into food, and severe toothaches. At Dyras Dental, Dr. Laura Dyras and Dr. Michael Hutcheson are your Lansing dentists for root canals.
Root Canal Therapy
As indicated, with root canal therapy it is possible to save a tooth from being extracted due to extensive decay or damage to the dental nerve. Decay results when the pulpal interior of a tooth becomes infected, sometimes due to poor or inconsistent oral hygiene habits. The dental nerve inside a tooth can become damaged due to an injury to the mouth. When the dental nerve is damaged, nerve tissue begins to die, which can result in the development of an infection.
When infection spreads through the tooth, an abscess can form below the root. The infection can spread to the gums and other areas of the mouth, leading to additional oral health problems and even bone loss. Root canal therapy stops the spread of infection by clearing it away and cleaning out the areas where it was found. The problem tooth is then protected with a dental crown. This also strengthens the tooth so normal functions, such as biting and chewing, can resume.
Root Canal Signs
There are several signs you may need a root canal. If you have any of these signs, your Lansing dentist can examine your tooth and determine if a root canal is needed. If so, the root canal will spare your tooth from extraction. Signs you may need a root canal include:
- Developing a severe toothache
- Experiencing sharp pain when attempting to bite or chew food
- Developing severe pain in your mouth
- Experiencing a sensation of persistent pressure in the mouth
- Developing sensitivity to hot or cold foods and liquids
Benefits of a Root Canal
Root canal therapy offers multiple benefits beyond sparing your tooth from extraction. Some of the benefits of root canal therapy are:
- Preserve an infected or a damaged tooth
- Prevent an infection from spreading
- Alleviate oral pain and sensitivity
- Strengthen a tooth compromised by dental nerve damage or infection
- Restore normal tooth functions, such as biting and chewing
- Simple procedure similar to filling a cavity
If you develop any of the signs you may need a root canal, schedule an appointment with a dentist right away. Root canal therapy can save your tooth from extraction. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Laura Dyras and Dr. Michael Hutcheson, your Lansing, MI dentists, call Dyras Dental at (517) 485-1900.