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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.