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Could your toothache be a sign that you need a root canal?
Needing a root canal is needed once our Cincinnati, OH, family dentists Dr. Ron Solomon and Dr. Angela Burleson-Ott have told you that your tooth has deep decay. This procedure is meant to preserve the tooth by removing the infected or inflamed tissue within the tooth before it has a chance to wreak serious havoc on your smile. Here are the reasons you might need a root canal,
- There is deep decay that has broken through the hard, outer layers of the tooth and bacteria has entered the inside of the tooth
- You have a large filling that is weakening the tooth or is no longer able to support the tooth structure
- You are dealing with a chipped, cracked or broken tooth
- You’ve had multiple procedures performed on a single tooth and it has weakened the tooth over time
Can I put off a root canal?
This is certainly something that you don’t want to ignore. Your tooth is infected and it needs to be treated right away in order to prevent deeper infection or damage to neighboring teeth and gums. The bacteria will eventually kill your tooth, and our goal is to perform root canal therapy in order to save what’s left of your natural tooth so you don’t need to have the tooth pulled. This problem will not go away on its own, and you may notice the pain just intensifies the longer you leave it. So, if you suspect that you need a root canal, you should act fast.
What are the warning signs?
Sometimes you won’t be able to tell that you need a root canal, which is why keeping up with dental checkups with our Cincinnati, OH, dental team will go a long way to protecting the health of your smile.
Even if you don’t notice any changes, we are trained to spot even small changes in the appearance of a tooth that could tip us off to the fact that you need a root canal. Of course, sometimes an infected or inflamed dental pulp can cause problems such as,
- Severe and sudden dental pain that gets worse when chewing or putting pressure on the tooth
- Prolonged and sudden tooth sensitivity to hot and cold, or sugar
- Swollen, red gums localized around the infected tooth
- A tooth that suddenly darkens in color
- A visibly cracked or damaged tooth
- A pimple-like bump develops on the gums around the tooth (known as an abscess)
Do you have questions about root canal treatment? Need to schedule a checkup with our Cincinnati, OH, dental team? If so, call Cornerstone Dental Group today at (513) 631-8920.
Also known as endodontic therapy, root canals help to preserve infected teeth by removing the decay that has affected the nerves and tissues inside of them. Read on to learn if you are likely to need this restorative treatment, and contact your family dentists, Drs. Ron Solomon and Angela Burleson-Ott here at Cornerstone Dental Group in Cincinnati, OH, to set up an appointment.
If eating ice cream or drinking hot coffee sends a tingling pain through your tooth and into your jaw, a root canal might be the only way to fix it. Tooth sensitivity is a result of the enamel wearing down, causing it to no longer be able to insulate the nerves of the teeth from hot and cold temperatures. If the pain lasts longer than a second or two after consuming something hot or cold, it's time to see your Cincinnati family dentist.
All of us have experienced dental pain at one time or another. However, if your toothache becomes worse when chewing or brushing your teeth, it is a definite sign that something isn't right. This particular kind of pain is often due to a crack in the tooth that is shifting when pressure is applied, and it often means that bacteria has infiltrated the inner structures of the tooth. Immediate evaluation from your Cincinnati family dentist is essential in this case.
Discoloration of the tooth
Does your tooth look bruised from the inside out? This can be an indication that the tissue inside of it is severely damaged from bacterial infection. Once again, this warrants a call to your family dentist to see how it can be fixed before it spreads to other areas.
Concerned? Give us a call
If you've been experiencing one or more of the above symptoms, don't wait any longer. Contact Cornerstone Dental Group in Cincinnati, OH, today by dialing (513) 631-8920 to schedule an appointment with one of our family dentists, Dr. Ron Solomon or Dr. Angela Burleson-Ott.
Learn more about root canals from your Cincinnati, OH, dentists.
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.
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.