How Do I Know When I Need a Root Canal?

If a tooth is causing you a lot of pain and discomfort the first thing you should do is visit your trusted dentist. They will advise you about the treatment is appropriate to treat your case. An endodontic treatment is performed when the nerves or pulp of the tooth become inflamed or infected due to decay, fractures or some dental disease.

What Are Some Root Canal Symptoms to Look For?

Here are some of the symptoms that may indicate the need for a root canal:

  • Pain: This can vary from moderate to intense throughout the day or it can appear only when you bite and put pressure on the tooth.
  • Swelling: In some cases, a slight swelling around the affected tooth can be observed.
  • Sensitivity: Although it is not a very common symptom, you can develop sensitivity to hot or cold foods in that area specifically.
  • Color change: The tooth tends to suddenly darken.
  • Fistula: In very severe cases fistula occurs which is the secretion of infection material such as pus.

When you receive a very strong blow on a tooth, it is best to go to a specialist to check if it does not affect the nerves.

What Are The Benefits of Root Canals?

Root canals offer several endodontic advantages including:

  • The dental infection is eliminated. 
  • It is usually done in a single session. 
  • It is one of the most conservative ways to eliminate an infection without removing the tooth. 
  • The materials used in the filling and reconstruction are biocompatible. 
  • A recovered tooth can last for many years without presenting any discomfort. Endodontics have a high success rate 
  • They are significantly cheaper than tooth extraction and replacement with an implant or bridge. 

Can You Give Me Tips to Avoid Dental Infections?

Of course! As we have already mentioned before, tooth decay and dental infections are the causes that you should have root canal treatments.

That’s why you should be aware of these tips to avoid these infections.

  1. Avoid smoking: According to studies by the American Dental Association and the American Medical Association, people who smoke are 70% more likely to repeat root canal treatments.

  2. Visit your dentist annually: If you make periodic visits for review, they may detect infection or decay before it affects the pulp of the tooth.

  3. Have good oral hygiene: Take care that your dental hygiene habits are adequate. Sometimes brushing after each meal is not enough to keep your mouth in a healthy state. Also remember to continue to schedule routine dental exams & cleanings as well!

  4. Do not hesitate to call your dentist: In case you feel pain or discomfort in any tooth you should go quickly to your dentist. This will identify the cause and the appropriate treatment to solve it.

Contact Riverwalk Dental Group in Boynton Beach, Jupiter, Boynton, or Port St. Lucie, FL

If you have any additional questions or would like to schedule a consultation to see if dental implants would be right for you,  please contact Riverwalk Dental Group today! We offer four convenient locations in Jupiter, Boynton Beach, Stuart, & Port St. Lucie, FL!

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