A root canal is needed when damage has occurred to the core of a tooth and the nerve has experienced irreparable exposure or trauma.
When is a Root Canal needed?
Signs of Endodontic Disease include:
• Pain when biting down
• Prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
• Discoloration of the tooth
• Throbbing or severe pain
• Pain attributable to changes in atmospheric pressure, such as flying in a plane
• Pain attributable to eating sweet foods and swelling or tenderness in the nearby gums
Nothing is as good as a natural tooth! And sometimes your natural tooth may need Endodontic (root canal) treatment for it to remain a healthy part of your mouth.
But understand that sometimes there are no symptoms. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact our office right away as you may very well be in the stages of root canal disease or some other dental problem. Symptoms of Endodontic disease may be signs of such matters as defective fillings, periodontal disease, tooth decay and other tooth related problems.
Most patients report that having Endodontic (root canal) treatment today is as unremarkable as having a cavity filled.
Why May Endodontic Disease Cause Swelling?
When the pulpal tissue becomes severely diseased and necrotic, the resultant infection can spread from inside the tooth into the adjacent bone and soft tissues. As a result, swelling can occur in the tissues immediately surrounding the tooth.
If this situation is not treated and the endodontic disease process is not kept under control by the body's defenses, the infection can begin to spread into other tissue spaces, such as those around the eye or in the neck. In some situations, this can become a serious medical emergency.
Single Visit RCT Procedure
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What is an Endodontic Abscess
Root Canal Retreatment Procedure
Alternatives to Root Canals