Root canal therapy is utilized for treating infection in a tooth’s center portion, also known as the pulp where the root canals are. Here at Challenger Family Dental in Clayton, NC, Dr. Russell Challenger, regularly performs root canal treatments for saving teeth that could’ve otherwise been extracted completely. But how do you know if your tooth requires root canal therapy?
Warnings Signs of a Tooth Needing Root Canal Therapy
The infection inside a tooth’s root canal is typically due to bacteria inside the mouth that has managed to seep into the tooth’s root canal. In most cases, this could occur because of tooth decay, old and malfunctioning dental fillings, or tooth damage due to trauma.
If left untreated, this infection will cause the pulp to deteriorate and eventually die. The following are common indications of a diseases pulp and infected root canal:
- A loosened tooth
- Pain when your chew or bite
- Pain when you consume cold or hot food and beverages
As the root canal infection progresses, your symptoms might subside as your pulp begins to die. At this point, your infected tooth may appear to be healed. In reality, however, the infection has already spread throughout your tooth’s root canal system. Eventually, you will experience these symptoms:
- Pain when you bite or chew again
- Swollen gums near the infected tooth
- Facial swelling
- Pus seeping from the infected tooth
- Your tooth taking on a darker shade due to decay
With this in mind, it’s immensely vital to visit your dentist in Clayton, NC, if you suspect that you have an infected root canal. Otherwise, the infection will continue to wreak havoc in the infected tooth. Likewise, there’s a chance that root canal therapy might not work if your tooth infection becomes so severe.
The Root Canal Therapy Procedure
In order to treat a root canal infection, your dentist will have to remove the bacteria causing the infection. You will be given an anesthetic for the treatment to ease pain and discomfort during the procedure. Once your dentist has removed the bacteria and disinfected the root canal, it will be filled to prevent further complications and then sealed on top with a dental crown or filling.
For Any Questions, Concerns, or Advice on Root Canal Therapy, Call Us
Dial (919) 694-0694 to arrange a visit with your dentist here at Challenger Family Dental in Clayton, NC, Dr. Russell Challenger, today.