A root canal is a very painful procedure that is often needed when the pulp of the tooth (the soft tissue) that is in the canal of the tooth root becomes infected and inflamed.
Infection and inflammation can occur due to a chip or crack in the tooth or even tooth decay.
A root canal can be painful and costly. So, the best way to avoid one is proper oral care and heeding warning signs. Keep reading to learn more.
The ins and outs of a root canal
A root canal is a dental procedure that eliminates bacterial from an infected canal of the root of the tooth. It is designed to save your tooth from having to be removed.
Signs you may need a root canal include:
- Pain while chewing or taking a bite of food
- Gum pimples
- A tooth that is cracked or chipped
- Sensitivity to cold or hot that lingers
- Gums that are tender or swollen
- Intense decay
- Gums that are darkening
If a root canal goes untreated, the infection could spread to other areas of the body. As such, it is imperative to have the infected area treated. During the root canal procedure, Dr. Milan removes the infected pulp and then the inner tooth is cleaned, disinfected and filled and sealed.
Following a root canal, you may feel sensitivity in your tooth. Typically, any discomfort can be treated with prescription or over the counter medicine. You may continue feeling a sensation in your tooth for some time following your procedure.
Get to Dr. Milan before a root canal is necessary
When it comes to maintaining optimum oral health, and keeping teeth free from decay and possible infection, it is absolutely key to visit your dentist every six months for your exam and cleaning.
During your appointment with Birmingham Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, not only will your hygienist offer you the height of professional cleanings, but Dr. Milan will examine your teeth and entire mouth to identify any potential issues that may be lurking.
While at home care — brushing and flossing twice daily — is essential, your dental visit is non-negotiable and can save you both time and money by avoiding lengthy or expensive dental treatments like root canals.
Are you due for your dentist appointment? Call us today. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you achieve dental excellence!