A root canal is an area within the center of a tooth that contains pulp, which is made up of nerves and blood vessels. If the pulp becomes damaged because of severe decay or infection, a procedure called root canal therapy, commonly referred to as simply a root canal will need to be performed.
During this treatment, the pulp is extracted, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and resealed to ensure that the infection doesn’t spread. A few days or a week after a root canal is performed, your dentist will place a composite filling in the center of your tooth. A crown, which is a cover for the tooth may also need to be placed by your dentist in order to protect the tooth and to help prevent pain in the future.
What Are Common Signs That You May Need a Root Canal?
In some cases, an infected root canal won’t cause any symptoms. It is especially important to see your dentist regularly to detect any potential problems and to treat them before they become more severe.
Signs you may need a root canal procedure include:
- Severe tooth pain when you’re eating or putting pressure on the area
- Pain and sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, even after the heat or cold has been removed
- Darkening of the tooth
- Swelling or tenderness in the gums near where the tooth hurts
- A recurring or persistent pimple-like bump on the gums near the tooth pain
When Does a Root Canal Become an Emergency?
You should see your dentist as soon as possible if you have any symptoms of a root canal. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that the tooth won’t be able to be saved. Saving the tooth, if possible, is always preferable to extraction.
The consequences of not having a needed root canal procedure can be serious since the infection won’t get better on its own and will only get worse. It can spread to other teeth, your jaw, and even your brain.
If you have symptoms that could indicate you may need a root canal, make an appointment today with Cedar Mountain Dental in Newington, CT or call us at 860-667-2600. We offer regular and emergency services, including root canals. Our staff is committed to delivering high-quality patient care that will help you have a healthier smile.