The Necessity For Root Canal Therapy
Many patients cringe at the thought of having root canal therapy, but many of them don’t even realize how much it really helps. There is a stigma with these words that conveys a negative image in people’s minds. The truth is that it isn’t as complicated as it may seem. A few things can lead our Edmond dentist to check for the necessity of root canal therapy. Today, we’ll explain a little bit more about what type of pain you may feel which could mean that a root canal is necessary.
The most common indicator that something is wrong is when a patient has ongoing tooth pain. The pain can be different in circumstances where the tooth is still alive and when it is abscessed. Our Edmond dentist will clarify the differences for you, below.
It’s Alive: A tooth that is still alive will cause the patient to experience extreme sensitivity to hot or cold foods or drinks. This sensation will often continue even after the hot or cold item is removed. Some people may experience severe headaches as a result of the extreme tooth pain.
It’s Abscessed: A tooth that is abscessed will most likely cause pain for a patient when they chew or put pressure on the tooth. The abscess can produce swelling and bleeding around the tooth. You may also notice some swelling in the cheek, jaw, or throat.
In intense situations of swelling or bleeding it is very important to be examined for proper diagnosis. In most of these cases root canal therapy is necessary. Of course, our Edmond dentist would be able to rule out the need for a root canal if something else were the problem. Wouldn’t it be better to be safe than sorry?
If you do need root canal therapy, rest assured that you’ll be in good hands. Our Edmond dentist will remove any infected and damaged material, sterilize the inside of your tooth, and then restore the tooth with filling material so that it can’t become re-infected.
If you are in pain, call our Edmond dentist office right away so that we can see you and perform an assessment. Book your appointment by calling us at (405) 330-5458 or by clicking here.