Do I Need a Root Canal?

By Cornerstone Dental Group
February 03, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: root canal  

Learn more about root canals from your Cincinnati, OH, dentists.root canal

Could that pain in your tooth be a sign that you need a root canal? Dr. Ron Solomon and Dr. Angela Burleson-Ott, your Cincinnati, OH, dentists at Cornerstone Dental Groups share symptoms that may indicate that you need a root canal and explain how you can benefit from the procedure.

Common symptoms

If you need a root canal, you may experience:

  • Pain: Pain in a tooth may be caused by a cavity or might be a sign that the the pulp at the center of your tooth is inflamed or infected. The only way to tell is to schedule an appointment with your dentist. Pain may be constant or intermittent and may increase when you bite or press on the tooth.
  • Problems with Temperature Extremes: Has your tooth suddenly started hurting every time you eat or drink something hot or cold? Sensitivity may indicate a problem with a nerve in the pulp.
  • Gum Symptoms: Take a look at your gums. Are they swollen and red? Inflamed gums can be a sign that you need a root canal, although they can occur due to other reasons, such as gum disease.
  • Dental Abscesses: Severe pain may be a sign that you have an infection called an abscess in the center of your tooth. Symptoms of abscesses also include fever, facial or jaw swelling, swollen lymph nodes and a small pimple-like bump on your gum. Dental abscesses are dental emergencies and must be treated promptly. Failing to treat the abscess can cause bacteria to spread throughout your body via your bloodstream.

What can I do if I experience these symptoms?

The only choices are extraction of the tooth or a tooth-saving root canal. During a root canal, the pulp is removed and the canals that reach from the top of your tooth to the roots are cleaned with a tiny file. As long as your roots remain strong, you'll be able to continue to use your tooth to bite and chew even though the pulp has been removed. After the first appointment, you'll leave the office with a temporary filling. In about a week, you'll return for a permanent filling. In most cases, you'll also need a crown to protect and support your tooth.

Root canal treatment can help you preserve your healthy smile. Call Dr. Solomon and Dr. Burleson-Ott, your Cincinnati, OH, dentists at Cornerstone Dental Group, at (513) 631-8920 to schedule your appointment.