Dealing with a toothache? Find out how a root canal might provide you with relief.
It’s important to be able to listen to what your teeth and gums are trying to tell you so that you know when you may need to turn to our La Grange, IL, dentists, Dr. Carolyn Bronke and Dr. Vivian Castellanos, for treatment. Root canal therapy is one of the most common dental treatments and it could end up saving your damaged tooth.
Why is a root canal performed?
Simply put, a root canal is designed to repair and preserve teeth that have become weak or damaged due to infection, trauma or severe decay. Once the pulp of the tooth is damaged our La Grange, IL, restorative dentist will need to go inside the tooth to clean out the bacteria, remove the pulp and seal the tooth to prevent future infections.
A root canal is not an elective procedure. If your dentist tells you that you need root canal treatment this is something that will need to happen as soon as possible to prevent further complications. An untreated tooth will eventually need to be removed if it isn’t treated.
What are the warning signs that you might need a root canal?
The most common symptom of root canal treatment is persistent pain or pain that gets worse when chewing or biting down on the affected tooth. Pain is the number one indicator that something is wrong with your tooth and that it needs immediate care. While pain doesn’t necessarily mean that you need a root canal it could also be a warning of decay; therefore, the sooner we treat the problem the better.
If you notice that your tooth suddenly aches when consuming hot or cold foods or drinks this is another warning sign of an infected dental pulp. While this may feel like a slight ache at first it can turn into pretty severe pain if left untreated.
The gums around your tooth may also become tender, painful, red or swollen. If you notice these symptoms throughout your gums it’s likely the result of something else such as gum disease; however, if the gums are only swollen around the affected tooth this is a sign that something is wrong.
Finally, the tooth may suddenly turn dark or discolored. This happens suddenly when there is damage to the nerves or blood vessels inside the tooth or the root canals. This is a definite sign that the dental pulp is damaged and root canal treatment is necessary.
If you are dealing with any of the symptoms above it’s time to give our La Grange, IL, dentists Dr. Carolyn Bronke and Dr. Vivian Castellanos a call. We would be happy to schedule an immediate appointment for you.