Are you experiencing tooth sensitivity or other symptoms that may indicate that you might need a root canal procedure? Our Stamford and Greenwich, CT, endodontist, Dr. Philip Bauer of Philip J. Bauer, DMD & Associates, can explain to you why root canals are so important and discuss common symptoms.
When are root canals recommended?
Root canals treat inflammations and infections in your tooth's pulp. The procedure involves removing the pulp, cleaning the inside of your tooth and the root canals and filling the space with a flexible filling material. If you ignore inflammation or infection symptoms, the problem won't go away on its own. Without a root canal, extraction of your tooth may be the only solution.
Although it's certainly possible to function with one less tooth, it's not a good idea to lose a tooth unnecessarily. The loss of your tooth can cause your other teeth to shift and make chewing more difficult. Your jawbone relies on constant pressure from your teeth roots to remain strong. After tooth extraction, your jawbone may begin to weaken because your roots no longer press on the bone. Root canal therapy prevents these avoidable consequences.
What symptoms indicate that I may need a root canal?
Your symptoms may be subtle at first but may increase in frequency or duration as your inflammation or infection worsens. Common symptoms include:
- Sensitivity: Your tooth may hurt or throb. The pain may come and go, occur constantly or increase when you use the tooth to chew. Sensitivity to both hot and cold temperatures can also be a sign that you need a root canal.
- Swollen Gums: Swollen gums around the painful tooth can be a symptom that you need a root canal.
- Darkening: Pain and sensitivity accompanied by discoloration can occur due to an inflammation or infection.
- Abscess Symptoms: Abscess symptoms include severe pain, fever, swollen lymph nodes and gums and pus or a pimple on your gum. Dental abscesses are dental emergencies. If you notice these symptoms, call our Stamford or Greenwich offices as soon as possible.
Root canal therapy ends tooth sensitivity and pain and saves your tooth. If you're concerned about a painful tooth, make an appointment with endodontist, Dr. Bauer of Philip J. Bauer, DMD & Associates, by calling (203) 327-1613 for the Stamford office or (203) 661-3277 for the Greenwich office.