If the root or pulp of your tooth is dead or injured in a way that can’t be repaired, you may need a root canal. A root canal is a treatment used by your dentist to repair and save your tooth by removing the nerves, blood vessels, and tissue along with the decayed portions of your tooth. Your dentist will then fill in the roots with a sealing material and, if needed, place a crown over the filled tooth.
Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form. For help finding a local dental professional, search for a dentist near you.
Common Signs That You May Need a Root Canal
The signs that you may need a root canal vary, but include:
- Cracked teeth
- Pain when chewing
- Pain in gum
- Tooth sensitivity
- Pressure sensitivity with eating/biting
- Pain with small movements of teeth
- Loss of bone around the root tip
- Swelling of gums, neck, face or even head
- Injury to the mouth
- Having multiple fillings or restorations
Although pain is a likely sign that you will need a root canal, that is not always the case. The only way to determine if you need a root canal is by making an appointment with your dentist. They can then review your symptoms, make an accurate diagnosis and give you their recommended treatment plan.
How To Prevent Needing A Root Canal
Good oral hygiene is the key to preventing the kind of deep decay that leads to needing a root canal. Remember to brush twice a day to remove any stains from food and to remove plaque. Floss once a day to remove any buildup between your teeth. Having a professional cleaning by your dentist every 3-6 months will also greatly contribute to a healthy smile.
Who Performs A Roots Canal?
Root canal therapy is one of the most routine procedures and can often be completed in only one visit and typically, your general dentist can perform a root canal treatment. In some cases, your dentist may refer you to a specialist, such as an endodontist, who specializes in the causes, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and injuries of the nerve of the tooth. To find a dental office near you, visit our locations page.