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Why Do You Need a Root Canal?

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3 Ways to Tell If You Need a Root Canal

Can you think of something more irritating and uncomfortable than a toothache? You are not alone; most people will experience dental pain at least once in their lifetime.

However, what do you really know about root canals? Surely, you have heard the term repeatedly, you probably even associate it with excruciating pain and irritation. Nonetheless, this procedure does not need to be unpleasant if you can identify the warning signs of tooth decay before they become severe.

What Is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure that cleans out the decay happening at the root of your tooth. Teeth have three main layers, the outer layer is called the enamel, the second layer, the dentin and the third one consists of a soft core that expands into the root. This core contains what is commonly known as dental pulp, a combination of blood vessels, nerves and connective tissues. 

Root canals are needed when decay enters the soft core, inflaming, infecting, or even necrosing the dental pulp. Endodontists are the specialists that typically carry out root canal treatments. The procedure’s main purpose is to extract bacteria and decay from the tooth pulp, root, and nerve and to then fill and seal the empty area to prevent recurring decay. 

Warning Signs Of Root Canal Infection 

The first step you must take to know if you need a root canal is paying a visit to your dentist; the sooner you get treated, the better the outcome will be. 

Keep reading to understand the symptoms you should be on the lookout for: 

1. Heat and Cold Sensitivity 

Do your teeth hurt when you are eating ice cream or drinking a cup of hot coffee? If the answer is yes, then you are experiencing sensitivity to heat and cold. This could be a sign that the nerves and blood vessels in your teeth are damaged or infected. 

Whether it feels like a dull ache or a sharp pain, pay a visit to your dentist promptly to ensure that the pain doesn’t become unbearable and starts lingering for extended periods.

2. Persistent Pain

Continuing tooth pain is one of the most common signs that you may need a root canal. However, there are many different causes of toothaches. No matter the reason, you should always consider seeing your dentist if you are experiencing persistent tooth discomfort. 

Early diagnosis and treatment will keep your pearly whites healthy and your smile bright!

3. A Chipped Tooth

When you accidentally crack or chip a tooth, bacteria begins to settle into the damaged area. This can lead to inflammation and infection. Additionally, the tooth’s nerves can become damaged, causing sensitivity and pain and ultimately requiring a root canal treatment. 

Schedule Your Endodontic Care Appointment Today

Have you ever experienced the soothing virtues of music while getting dental work done? Making people feel at ease while providing excellent treatment in a fun and appeasing environment is Brian Hall, DDS’s vow to his clients. With over 20 years of experience, he has been the most in-demand endodontic care professional for root canals in and around Frederick, MD. 

Schedule your endodontic care appointment with Brian Hall, DDS, today by filling out our online form or giving us a call at (301) 696-2000.