Signs You Probably Need a Root Canal

Signs You Probably Need a Root Canal

If you’ve recently been told that you need root canal therapy, you might be asking yourself, “Why is root canal therapy even necessary?”

We hear that question a lot at My Smyle Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Sugarland, TX and we’re ready to answer it for you today!

Why It’s Necessary

Root canal therapy is needed when the inner part of your tooth becomes infected. Your tooth is usually protected with a hard layer of enamel, but when this outer layer becomes cracked or decayed, decay-causing bacteria can gradually penetrate the tooth and build to an infection.

Over time, these bacteria will eventually reach the innermost part of the tooth which is called the pulp. The tooth pulp contains nerves, connective tissues and blood vessels which is why it’s so painful when you have a tooth infection.

You’ll Know When It’s Time

Some signs that it might be time for restoring a root treated tooth include:

  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Severe toothache or pain when chewing or applying pressure
  • Tender or swollen gums
  • Pimple on your gum
  • Tooth discoloration or darkening of the enamel

It’s Nothing to Be Afraid Of

Despite the less than favorable reputation of root canals, they’re actually beneficial to your dental health and shouldn’t be feared.

An easy way to explain the procedure is that during the restorative procedure, the pulp and nerve are removed from the inner chamber, which is then thoroughly cleaned, filled and sealed. The process of sealing the canal prevents bacteria from getting back inside and damaging gum tissue.

Before this technique was developed, even the very best dentists would have had no choice but to remove a severely infected tooth – which is always the last resort. The sooner Dr. Neetu Chandra and the team at My Smyle Family & Cosmetic Dentistry can assess your tooth, the more likely it is that the tooth can be saved.

Take Action Today to Save Your Tooth

If you think you have a pulp infection or severe tooth decay, schedule your appointment with our convenient online booking form to book your visit today!