Find out if root canal treatment is the right approach for treating your dental issues.
Learning that you need a root canal might make you a bit nervous; however, our Glendale, CA, dentist, Dr. Navasart Kazazian, and oral surgeon, Dr. Apel Keuroghlian, are here to tell you that there is nothing to worry yourself about. This procedure is performed almost as regularly as treating a cavity and it could just end up saving your tooth.
So, what is a root canal exactly?
Many people have heard of root canal treatment but a lot of people don’t actually know what it is or why it’s performed. It’s important to understand that this isn’t an elective procedure. When our Glendale general dentist tells you that you need a root canal it’s because it is the best course of action when bacteria have infected the dental pulp (a structure within the tooth).
When the dental pulp is inflamed or infected it will have to be removed in order to prevent the bacteria from wreaking more havoc not just on the tooth but also the jawbone and surrounding teeth. If you leave the tooth untreated the damage can become so extensive that the only viable option is to remove the tooth altogether.
What are the signs that you need a root canal?
It’s important that when you recognize any symptoms or changes in your oral health that you don’t just ignore the problem. The sooner you seek treatment the easier it will be to treat.
The most common symptom is a toothache. Sure, a toothache can occur for a number of different reasons that won’t necessarily mean you need a root canal in order to get rid of the problem; however, dental pain doesn’t just happen without a reason. If you find that the pain is made worse by chewing or putting pressure on the tooth this could definitely be a sign of an infected dental pulp.
Along with a toothache, you may also notice that the tooth is more sensitive to hot or cold foods or drinks. The sensitivity can be intense and linger long after you’ve stopped consuming the offending beverage or food. The gums surrounding the tooth may be red, puffy, or also tender to the touch.
If you are dealing with dental pain or any other suspicious dental problems then it’s time you called New Smile Dental Group in Glendale, CA, right away to ensure that you get the proper dental care you deserve.