Do I Need a Root Canal? – Things of Which to Think

Of all the various types of procedures that a person can undergo at the dentist’s office, few are as well known – or as dreaded – as the root canal. While the actual procedure normally isn’t as bad as many people imagine, learning more about it is a good way to set your mind at ease. Sometimes just knowing whether or not you need a root canal is the best place to begin. If you’re experiencing dental problems there is a chance that a root canal may be required. Since it’s such an involved procedure, many people assume it’s much worse than it actually is. Deciding if you need a root canal is the first step. A few key indicators will help you make this decision. Severe tooth pain, especially pain that worsens with pressure and chewing, is the most obvious sign. Other clues include the presence of a pimple or boil on the gum near the tooth and noticeable tooth discoloration. Gum tenderness and swelling and intense sensitivity to cold or heat also indicates that a root canal may be needed. If you’re suffering from any of these symptoms, you should visit your dentist. The need for a root canal is brought on by an infection within the canal of the tooth. During the root canal, the pulp and infection will be completely removed from the tooth. It’s a relatively complex procedure that will take some time but when handled correctly it is nearly painless. In most cases, a root canal leaves a person with temporary mild to moderate pain. Afterward, you’ll notice that your mouth is as good as new. Don’t let yourself needlessly fear a root canal since it’s usually not as bad as you think. The only definite way to know if you need a root canal is to visit your dentist. He or she will be able to assess the situation and determine exactly what your problem is and how to fix it. If a root canal is needed, your dentist will take the time to fully explain the procedure in an effort to reduce your nervousness. Ignoring the symptoms of infection can lead to a wide range of problems; be sure that you schedule a dental appointment as soon as possible.

Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.

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