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It’s important that you don’t ignore your mouth when it’s trying to tell you that something is off. Of course, not everyone experiences symptoms or obvious issues, which is why it’s so important that you always maintain those routine checkups with one of our North Attleboro, MA, dentists every six months.
While we can easily pinpoint signs of an infection and determine whether you need root canal treatment it’s also important that you understand the telltale signs that something is wrong and when you need to seek immediate dental care. Symptoms that warrant an immediate trip to the dentist include:
- A toothache
- Sudden or increased tooth sensitivity (usually to hot or cold foods and drinks)
- Tooth darkening (a sign that the roots of the tooth are dying)
- Swollen, tender gums surrounding the infected tooth
- The development of a bump on the gums (known as an abscess), which may be painful
When in doubt, call our North Attleboro, MA, general dentists to find out if your symptoms warrant a dental checkup. A toothache all by itself is considered a dental emergency. Even though it might not necessarily mean that you have to get root canal treatment it could be trying to tell you that you have a cavity. The sooner the problem is addressed and treated the less likely it will be to cause more significant and widespread damage.
What is root canal treatment?
Whether you are scheduled for an upcoming root canal procedure or you are just curious to know more about what it entails, you’ve come to the right place. This procedure is performed when bacteria has entered the inside of the tooth and infected the dental pulp, a soft mass that contains nerves, connective tissue and blood vessels. Since the pulp is made up of nerves it comes as no surprise that one of the first problems people complain about is a toothache.
The goals of root canal therapy are to remove the source of the pain (e.g. the dental pulp) and the infection to preserve as much of the tooth as possible. After the procedure is complete we will also decide whether we need to place a dental crown over the tooth.
Here in North Attleboro, MA, we believe that everyone should receive quality, full-service dentistry that they can trust. Whether you are dealing with a dental emergency or you just need a simple teeth cleaning, turn to our caring and knowledgeable dental team for help.
Like many dental procedures, root canals have erroneously developed something of a reputation for being far worse than they really are. In fact, root canals are an essential procedure used to help to save a damaged tooth, and prevent further health risks and complications. It can also potentially prevent costly future dental work.
The dentists at Unique Dental Care in North Attleboro, MA perform root canals to treat tooth infections and damage to the nerves (pulp) under the surface of the teeth that can cause pain and the death of permanent tissue. Root canal procedures are also know as endodontics.
Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canals
Q: Is it painful?
A: Not really. For patients at Unique Dental Care in North Attleboro, a root canal is usually no more painful or uncomfortable than having a cavity filled. When a root canal becomes necessary, the patient is most likely suffering from nerve damage to the tooth, which can cause moderate to severe pain. Treatment with a root canal actually relieves tooth pain.
Q: Why are they necessary?
A: Like other living organisms in the body, the teeth contain nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. When an infection or inflammation develops in this part of the teeth, a root canal is used to clear the infection, which if left untreated can lead to the formation of an abscess. Studies have shown that inflammation and infections in the gums and teeth can lead to complications and potential health risks in other parts of the body as well.
The most common causes of dental problems that lead to the need for endodontic treatment are severe tooth decay, where bacteria reaches the pulp of the tooth, and traumatic injuries such as an accident, where a chip or break in the tooth exposes an opening through which bacteria can funnel through to the nerves.
Q: How does the procedure work?
A: The procedure is fairly straightforward and typically completed in just one dental visit. The tooth and surrounding gum area are numbed, and the damaged and dead pulp tissue is removed through a small opening in the tooth. The area is then cleaned and disinfected, and filled with dental material, which is then sealed to prevent access of new bacteria. The entire process is quite similar to a standard dental filling.
Q: What is the recovery like?
A: Recovering from a root canal is similar to most standard dental procedures. Some patients experience temporary sensitivity in the tooth, which typically clears up within a few days of the procedure.
Q: How do I know if I need a root canal?
A: A dental exam will show whether the procedure is necessary. Persistent pain, swelling, or a throbbing sensation in the tooth should be examined immediately.
Contact a Dentist in North Attleboro
To learn more about root canal procedures, contact a dentist at Unique Dental Care at (508) 399-8800 to schedule an appointment for a dental exam today.