Getting a root canal done, is it needed?

Are you experiencing severe pain when you chew with a certain tooth or are your teeth extra sensitive to cold or heat? If you are, you should go see your dentist and you may need a root canal. Lets go over what a root canal is and when it is needed.

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a treatment used to repair an infected or decayed tooth. The treatment is usually done in an effort to save the tooth from having to be completely pulled. This treatment is necessary when your tooth’s nerve becomes infected, or when the pulp of the tooth is damaged. During the root canal procedure, the dentist will remove the infected nerve and the pulp and then clean out the tooth and seal it to help prevent further issues.

Now how does someone know when they need to go to a dentist to see if they need a root canal?

Here are some of the most common symptoms that tell you that you should go see a dentist soon:

  1. Prolonged tooth pain or sensitivity to cold or heat.
  2. Severe tooth pain when you chew or apply pressure to a tooth.
  3. If the tooth becomes dark or discolored.
  4. Swelling or extra sensitive gums.

If are experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with your local dentist right way. The earlier the issue is corrected, the easier and more painless it will be.

The actual procedure of having a root canal goes as follows:

  1. The dentist will numb your gums with a topical gel. After your gums are numb the dentist will then inject a local anesthetic that will numb the teeth, gums, and tongue. Occasionally nitrous oxide is used to help you relax and reduce the pain.
  2. The dentist will place a small rubber sheet in your mouth to stop you from swallowing any liquid or tooth chips.
  3. The dentist will then use a drill to remove the pulp from the inside of the tooth. They will then fill the tooth below the gumline with temporary filling materials as well as medicines.
  4. If necessary, a crown(cap) or permanent filling is used to cover the top of the tooth where the root canal took place. It will be molded and fit to be exactly like your tooth was prior to the surgery.
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  1. Deanna R. Jones says:

    It seems important to know when you need to go in for a root canal. I didn’t know that sensitivity to cold or heat could be a sign that you need a root canal. There’s one tooth that seems to be particularly sensitive to cold and heat, and it’s been feeling a bit of pain when I chew food. It doesn’t seem to be discolored though. I should schedule an appointment with a dentist to have it checked out.

  2. Mia Boyd says:

    Thanks for the information. Like you said, a root canal can be pretty serious. That’s why it’s important to ask your dentist if you really need one or not. Sensitivity to the cold or heat, prolonged tooth pain, etc, can be giveaways that you need a root canal, just like you suggested. If that’s the case, I’m pretty sure I’m going to need one!

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