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Is a Root Canal Needed?

What Are The Signs That A Root Canal Is Needed?

A root canal is a treatment for disorders which affect the pulp tissue of a tooth. It is used to treat cases where the pulp is damaged or dead or where there is need to place a post after the upper tooth structure has been severely damaged. A root canal Barrie is a great alternative to tooth extraction where the structure of the tooth is still viable. This is because a mature tooth can still function effectively and is much better than any artificial alternative. Knowing when to have a root canal is important. Early detection allows for a shorter treatment time and fewer complications. To be able to know when a root canal is needed, you need to know the symptoms to look out for. Here are the main tell-tale signs that your tooth pulp has to be removed:

Abscess

The presence of abscess is also a clear indicator of the need to get a root canal. Formation of a pus filled pocket at the tooth’s root is a clear indication of a dead or damaged pulp and at times, the abscess can ooze pus or cause a bad smell and taste in the mouth. Abscess can be accompanied by pain but at times may seem painless. When left unchecked, it can easily result in the destruction of the bone below the tooth and spread bacteria to other teeth.

Inflammation and Pain

This is the most obvious sign. When you have pain ranging from mild to sharp originating from the inner tooth or at the tooth’s base, it is likely there is a problem with the pulp tissue. The pain from an inflamed tooth is quite specific and you can track it in the early days before it becomes a general and sharp headache. It can also be triggered by pressure on the affected tooth and it can still occur even when the tooth is not in use. When a swelling happens around the tooth it is a clear indication of a problem with the pulp and it is imperative to seek the attention of a dentist.

Inflammation can also manifest itself around the face area like the mouth and even on the neck accompanied with unusual tenderness in those areas. At other times the inflammation happens in the form of a recurring pimple or swelling on the gum area.

INCREASED TOOTH SENSITIVITY

Why Teeth Become Sensitive?

When the pulp is exposed or affected it becomes very sensitive and it can cause very painful sensations when exposed to different temperatures hot or cold. The pain lingers on even after the stimulus has been removed from the tooth.

Discoloration of the teeth

This happens to indicate severe decay which leads to the darkening of the affected tooth. Severe decay means the tooth’s top protective cover has been affected by decay and it is now getting inside the tooth to the pulp tissue. The earlier this is addressed the better the chances of saving the tooth.

We are a Family Friendly Practice

 

At Molson Park Dental Office, we provide family dentistry services with a focus on pediatric dentistry to cater to this specialized segment of clients. Toronto and Barrie dentist, Dr. Adam Chapnick works with every child to build trust and comfort through the entire dental visit process.

 

We are a Family Friendly Practice

At Molson Park Dental Office, we provide family dentistry services with a focus on pediatric dentistry to cater to this specialized segment of clients. Toronto and Barrie dentist, Dr. Adam Chapnick works with every child to build trust and comfort through the entire dental visit process.

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