GETTING TO THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM
Root canals do not deserve their bad reputation. The truth about root canals is they are an effective way to relieve pain and pressure in your mouth. Dr. Nicole M. Paxson uses root canals as an effective way of saving teeth that might otherwise be lost to infection. The procedure itself is no more uncomfortable than getting a filling.
A root canal is necessary when infection or inflammation develops in the soft pulp (nerve) tissue inside a tooth. The infection can cause intense pain. The pain may temporarily disappear, but the underlying infection will not go away. Left untreated, the infection can lead to a dental abscess or even cause problems in other parts of the body.
How do you know when you need a root canal? Sometimes, it’s painfully obvious. If you feel constant and severe pain and pressure in your mouth, or notice swelling and extreme sensitivity in your gums, then it’s clear you need an evaluation and treatment right away. Another telltale symptom of pulp tissue damage is a sharp pain when you bite down. Lingering pain after eating hot or cold foods is also an indication of potential trouble. If you notice any of these symptoms, you need to have an examination as soon as possible.