Signs You May Need a Root Canal
Although the idea of getting a root canal can be nerve-wracking, it's important to understand that these common dental procedures are nothing to fear. At Complete Family Dentistry in Waukesha, WI, root canals are a routine part of our daily schedule. Our dental team - Drs. Joel Jahimiak, Cathleen Raz, and Kendra Loch - can explain why you might need a root canal and how you can tell that one may be necessary.
What is the purpose of a root canal?
If decay breaches the hard outer layers of a tooth, the inner tissues (known as the pulp) can become infected. When this happens, your Waukesha dentist will essentially "clean out" the inside of the tooth to remove all the damaged tissues, including the nerves that extend into the roots of the teeth. These tissues are then replaced by a rubber filling to keep the now-hollow tooth stable. The ultimate goal of any root canal is to prevent the need for an extraction.
How do I know if I may need a root canal?
There are some telltale signs that can indicate that your tooth is in need of a root canal. The most common sign is pain radiating from the affected tooth, particularly while chewing or brushing. This can alert your Waukesha dentist to the presence of decay that has allowed bacteria to enter the inside of the tooth. This infection may cause the gums to swell or a small, pimple-like bump to form nearby. Many people also experience hot or cold sensitivity; if drinking coffee or eating ice cream produces a lingering, painful sensation, you definitely need to make an appointment with one of our dentists as soon as you can.
Contact Complete Family Dentistry in Waukesha, WI, for an evaluation or to ask any questions about root canals today!