All too often, people will only visit their dentist if they are in pain. If you are experiencing severe pain with your teeth, you could have a fractured tooth or an infected nerve that needs immediate attention from your dentist.
The most common symptoms can be consistent pain and throbbing that can wake you up at night. It will be sensitive to hot and cold, and sometimes to the pressure from eating or biting down due to inflammation. If the tooth has become abscessed, you must get immediate care to prevent further infection and loss of the tooth.
- Some problems that lead to needing a root canal include:
- Trauma to the tooth/nerve
- Deep cavities
- Unresolved cracks and fractures
Having a root canal is the process of cleaning out the pulp chamber of the tooth. Your dentist will remove the blood and nerve supply of the infected tooth to relieve you of your pain. This procedure is extremely beneficial for the long term health of your mouth.
A root canal is a simple treatment that can save your natural teeth. Over 14 million procedures are performed each year. If you are experiencing symptoms, visit your dentist to determine if this is the right treatment for you.