If you are dealing with a toothache, it often feels like everything around you has been put on hold because of that nagging, stabbing pain in your mouth. So, what’s going on exactly? Dr. Barbara Preussner in Holliston, MA can shed some light on why a toothache might mean the presence of decay, and how early treatment may prevent you from needing root canal treatment.
Signs You May Need a Root Canal
Dentists generally use root canals to treat teeth damaged from advanced tooth decay. Catching decay early means that your dentist may be able to use a simple dental filling to treat your condition. Some signs of decay include:
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Sensitivity or pain while biting or chewing
- A toothache
- A dark discoloration on the tooth
- A hole in the tooth
What Can I Expect from a Root Canal Procedure?
By coming in for your regular exams we can catch these issues early on before root canal therapy is necessary. If the decay is too far advanced and the dental pulp is affected, you may need a root canal. A root canal begins with your dentist administering a local anesthetic to numb the area and remove the soft tissues and nerves found within the inner pulp chamber of the affected tooth. After removing the bacterial tissue, your dentist will fill the tooth with a sterile material to prevent reinfection. In most cases, a dental crown is placed over the tooth to protect it.
If you don’t get a root canal when you need one, you risk a jaw infection or losing the tooth altogether. Seeing your dentist regularly for preventative care or noticing the signs of teeth decay early can allow your dentist to take care of your cavity early.
For more information on root canals or to determine whether or not this treatment can help your smile, please contact Dr. Barbara Preussner in Holliston, MA. Call (508) 429-7125 today.