We have all heard of a root canal, but how exactly do patients become eligible for the treatment? The American Dental Association explains that a root canal treatment may be necessary when a tooth’s pulp (within the tooth) becomes damaged or inflamed. During treatment, the pulp, which contains nerves, blood vessels, and other tissue, is removed. There are a number of signs that are present when this procedure must be performed.
Signs that a Root Canal is Necessary
- At home symptoms – When a person is experiencing pain or swelling in his or her mouth, an infection, possibly leading to a root canal, may be present. Pain may throb, be severe during sleep, and change throughout the day.
- Dentist Observation – In certain cases, a person may experience no pain. During a routine dental examination, however, a dentist may detect a problem.
- Test Results – If a problem is present, a dentist may perform tests. Percussion, X-rays, and thermal testing may determine whether a root canal is needed.
What Causes a Tooth to Need a Root Canal?
There are many circumstances that may make a tooth susceptible to damage. Depending on the damage, a root canal may be required.
- Deep Cavity – Drilling too deep into a tooth may cause problems and make the mouth extra sensitive. In this case, a root canal supersedes a filling.
- Repeated Dental Procedures
- Cracks or Broken Teeth – When cracks develop, they may spread deep within a tooth and severe decay may begin.
- Tooth Injury/trauma
When a patient maintains a solid dental hygiene routine and visits his or her dentist regularly, a restored tooth may last a long time. Most often, a root canal is simple and will only cause minimal discomfort.
If you are experiencing pain in a tooth and suspect that you may require a root canal, do not hesitate to seek treatment. Dr. Dana Walters is a professional who deals with all types of general dentistry issues. He strives to restore maximum oral health to all of his patients. For an appointment, call his office today.