When is A Root Canal Needed?
Do you know the signs that might indicate you need a root canal? Root canal therapy is used to remove the pulp inside tooth, helping you avoid loss of the tooth. Your Noblesville, IN, dentist, Dr. Jaclyn Ridder, offers root canals at Cumberland Pointe Dental.
When trouble lurks deep inside a tooth
Root canals replaces infected or inflamed pulp from teeth with a durable rubber-based filling. The pulp is located in the center of your tooth and contains tissues, nerves and blood vessels. Although the pulp was crucial to the development of your tooth, it's not essential anymore. Your tooth will function normally even without the pulp.
If you have an infection or inflammation and don't have a root canal, you will eventually lose your tooth. Root canals preserve teeth, helping you maintain your appearance and your oral health.
More than just pain
Pain can be a sign that there's a problem with your tooth, whether the source of your pain is tooth decay or inflammation or infection of the pulp. If you need a root canal, you might assume that you'd be in horrible pain. While that can certainly happen, pain may be mild or can even come and go initially. Of course, as the inflammation or infection progresses, pain can become increasingly worse. You may notice increasing pain when you eat or drink foods and beverages that are sugary, hot or cold.
In addition to pain, you may notice a few changes in your tooth or the surrounding gum tissue. Your tooth may darken, or you might notice that your gum is swollen, sensitive, and painful.
Don't ignore these abscess signs
Root canals are needed when you develop an abscess, a bacterial infection in your pulp. Abscesses are dental emergencies that require antibiotics in addition to root canal therapy. If you notice any of these symptoms, call your Noblesville dentist immediately:
- Severe, throbbing pain in your tooth or jaw
- A fever
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Facial swelling in the lower half of your face or along your jaw line
- Pus or a pimple near the tooth
Protect your smile with root canal therapy. Call your Noblesville, IN, dentist, Dr. Jaclyn Ridder of Cumberland Pointe Dental, at (317) 770-4783 to schedule an appointment.