What you need to know about root canal treatment from your Madisonville dentist
Dental pain is something you shouldn’t ignore, especially when your pain can be relieved by root canal therapy. There are some definite signs and symptoms you might need a root canal. In other cases, you may not feel any pain at all and only your dentist can tell you need a root canal. Your dentists at Baldwin Dental Group, in Madisonville, Kentucky, want to help you separate fact from fiction when it comes to knowing if you need a root canal.
Your dentists at Baldwin Dental Group want you to know you may need a root canal if you experience:
- Constant throbbing pain or pressure in your mouth
- Sharp, acute pain when you bite down on food
- Pain that lingers after you’ve eaten hot or cold foods
- Swelling in your gums where the root tip of your tooth is
- A white bump with or without pus in your gums where the root tip is
When you make an appointment with your dentists at Baldwin Dental Group, they will take x-rays and look for a dark (radiolucent) area at the tip of the root of your painful tooth. This indicates an abscess and the need for a root canal. They will also do pulp testing to determine the health of the pulp, the area inside your tooth containing nerves and blood supply. They will test your tooth for sensitivity to temperature, and for the vitality of the pulp to determine whether or not the pulp of your tooth is damaged or diseased.
You may need a root canal because you have suffered a traumatic injury or accident involving your teeth. Root canals are also often needed for deep dental decay which has reached the pulp of your tooth. Root canals relieve the pain by eliminating the disease inside your tooth while still enabling you to keep your tooth.
To find out for certain if you need a root canal, stop in and visit your dentists at Baldwin Dental Group. You can be assured of excellent care before, during and after your appointment. To find out more about root canal treatment call your dentists at Baldwin Dental Group in Madisonville, Kentucky. Get some help for your painful tooth and call today!