3 Signs You Might Require a Root Canal

Your dentist is likely the only one who can accurately diagnose problems with the root or pulp of your teeth but our Duncan dentists are here to give you some signs to watch out for.

What A Root Canal Really Is

Your tooth's root canal is made up of the inner passages of a tooth that connect the pulp to the roots.

A root canal procedure is a dental treatment option where infected tooth pulp is removed from the tooth to prevent pain and preserve the tooth.

How can I tell if I need a root canal?

Toothache or Pain

If your tooth pulp gets infected, you may experience tooth pain or sensitivity.

You may notice sharp pain while you are chewing or otherwise applying pressure to the tooth. You may also experience severe sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures.

If you are experiencing pain in your tooth, make an appointment with your dentist in Duncan as soon as possible for a diagnosis.

Lumps or Bumps on the Gums

You may notice a small, pimple-like bump forming on the gums near a tooth that might need a root canal. This is called a dental cyst.

Dental cysts can form around the roots of decayed or infected teeth and sometimes form if the pulp of a tooth is infected.

Your Tooth Suddenly Looks Darker

A tooth with infected pulp may become dark in colour or even turn black due to internal damage. If you notice that one of your teeth has become darker than the others, it may be due to a problem with the inner pulp.

Does a Root Canal Hurt?

A root canal procedure might sound intimidating, but it’s typically not a whole lot different than having a deep filling. There’s little to no pain because your dentist will use local anesthesia to numb your tooth and gums so you’re comfortable during the procedure.

Your mouth may feel sore or tender after the root canal. Your dentist may suggest that you take over-the-counter pain medication such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil).

Generally, pre-treatment pain can be high, but the pain tends to drop moderately within a day of treatment and then drop substantially to minimal levels within a week.

Tips to Prevent The Need For A Root Canal

When it comes to preventing a root canal, it’s important to follow the same dental hygiene habits that help prevent cavities and other tooth problems. To keep your teeth healthy, try to get into the habit of following these steps:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Floss between your teeth at least once a day.
  • Have your teeth professionally cleaned by your dentist at least once a year.
  • See your dentist for checkups every 6 months.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste or a fluoride rinse.
  • Limit the amount of sugary food and refined carbohydrates you eat.

If you think you may have a tooth that needs to be looked at by a dentist, contact our Duncan office today to schedule a consultation.

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