How to Know If You Need a Root Canal

The words "root canal treatment" can instill fear even in the bravest of us! People would rather choose to live with the pain than going through the procedure. But is it really that terrifying?

What Is a Root Canal?

Root canal treatment is a procedure that repairs and saves a damaged tooth. It is performed when the pulp, the blood vessels and nerves inside your tooth, becomes infected or damaged. The term “root canal” comes from cleaning of the canals inside the tooth’s roots.

Causes of Root Canal

1. Disease: If the cause of your teeth pain is serious decay or infection in the tooth pulp, your dentist may recommend a root canal.

2. Decay: Tooth decay that has penetrated the outer layers of the teeth causes root canal pain.

3. Damage: Cracks or chips in teeth can cause tooth decay and root canal pain.

Signs You Need a Root Canal

Not all types of teeth pain are indications for a root canal. But signs of infection severe enough to require a root canal include:

4. Extreme Tooth Sensitivity: Teeth sensitivity increases when you have something hot or cold but this doesn’t necessarily mean that you need a root canal. However, if the sensitivity doesn’t go away once the hot or cold element is removed and the pain lingers, a root canal might be required.

5. Tooth Pain: Tooth pain is generally the first sign that points towards needing the treatment. The pain usually gets worse when you are eating, biting down or applying any kind of pressure.

6. Tooth Discoloration: If there is a darkening of the tooth compared to the teeth alongside it, it may indicate the need for a root canal treatment.

7. Gum Inflammation: If the gums near a tooth are painful, swollen or have a raised bump on them, it might point towards a root canal

Root canal symptoms are not always present. This is why it’s important to see your dentist regularly. Don’t let your fears of a root canal stop you from saving your teeth! Contact Jehangir OraCare Dental Centre  or call +91-8149060597 to schedule an appointment.

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