A severe toothache is the first warning sign that you might need a root canal. An alternative to a root canal is for the dentist to extract the tooth, but this is not ideal.
Whenever possible, it is best to preserve your tooth as an extraction can lead to a bridge or a dental implant which are more involved and expensive procedures. But how do you know which procedure you need?
A root canal is an endodontic treatment meaning it is inside the tooth, and it is done to preserve a dying tooth.
As a registered Calgary NE dentist, we can determine that your tooth has infected pulp which contains the blood vessels and nerves of your tooth. The objective is to clean out, fill, and seal the single or multiple canals of your tooth.
A root canal is usually followed by a crown or other restoration to protect your tooth.
The main sign that you might need a root canal is severe pain. Some people experience it as spontaneous pain that hits you like a wave which indicates you have an infected or dead tooth which might require a root canal. The pain often worsens at night when you are laying down, You might notice a greater sensitivity in that tooth to hot and cold that lingers long after you have had the food or drink.
Tiny pimple-like bumps might appear on your gums which is another sign you need a root canal. If your gums are swollen or darkening in colour, this indicates that there is infection, the tooth is dying and that the gums may be starting to decay as well.
Finally, if you have a tooth that has been cracked or chipped, the pulp of the tooth can become inflamed and infected which will require a root canal.
Root canals are critical to preventing the spread of infection to your gums, as well as an abscess tooth which causes damage to the jawbone.
If you have any of the pain and other symptoms of a root canal, you need to see your dentist immediately to preserve the tooth, your gums, your jawbone, and to relieve and eliminate the source of the severe pain.
The symptoms of a root canal can lead to a dental emergency.
At our SkyPointe Dental Clinic in Calgary NE, Dr. Ahmed Darwish has treated many patients who required a root canal. Our clinic has 3D imaging which is used for root canals, and it ensures a safe and comfortable procedure. Dr. Darwish removes the infected pulp, cleans the canals, disinfects, and seals the tooth.
A root canal treatment may require more than one visit to the dentist if you require a crown over the root canal. Dr. Darwish’s goal is to preserve the tooth and provide you with a comfortable and safe return to pain free oral health.
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