Find out why that toothache might just mean that you need a root canal.
If our La Grange, IL, dentists Dr. Carolyn Bronke and Dr. Josephine Puleo have told you that you need a root canal you may be wondering more about this treatment and why it’s necessary. Root canals get a bad rap, but they actually save millions of teeth each year, according to the American Association of Endodontists. Plus, this endodontic procedure can also get rid of that annoying and painful toothache once and for all.
Why is a root canal performed?
This endodontic treatment is required when the dental pulp, a soft tissue mass inside the tooth, is infected or inflamed. How does a dental pulp become inflamed or infected? Usually through severe decay, an infection or damage (e.g. crack; fracture).
Once the pulp is inflamed or infected the only way to treat the problem is through a root canal, in which our La Grange, IL, general dentist will go inside the tooth and remove the pulp. If the tooth isn’t treated with a root canal then the tooth will eventually become enviable and need to be removed.
Are there warning signs that I might need a root canal?
Don’t assume that if your tooth needs a root canal that it will always cause issues. This is why coming in every six months for a routine checkup could just end up saving your tooth; however, sometimes certain symptoms can manifest that will be a warning that you might need to come in for root canal treatment.
The most obvious and classic symptom is a toothache. The toothache may be dull and come and go or it might be sharp and persistent. If you’ve cracked your tooth you may also notice that the pain increases when chewing or putting pressure on the tooth. Along with a toothache, the tooth may also have increased sensitivity to hot or cold that lingers.
Sometimes the gums surrounding the tooth may become inflamed and tender to the touch, and in some cases may even develop an abscess (a pimple-like growth on the gums). An abscess is a warning sign that there is an infection, which will require immediate dental care.
No matter whether you have questions about getting root canal treatment in La Grange, IL, or you are dealing with a toothache, it’s important that you have a dental team that you can trust. Call our office today to find out how we can help you.