Signs it May be Time for a Root Canal
Find out if those dental issues you’re having are telling you that you need a root canal.
Tooth pain can be a downright nuisance and without seeing your Glenview, IL dentists Dr. David Dooley, Dr. David Lewis and Dr. Alexander Quezada it can be challenging to know why you are experiencing so many issues. Here are some easy ways to figure out if a root canal is in your near future.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is an endodontic procedure performed right here in our Glenview, IL dental office in which we remove the dental pulp, or the soft tissue inside the tooth. A dental pulp will need to be removed if it becomes inflamed or infected by decay, disease or trauma. Fortunately, the pulp is not necessary for the tooth’s survival. A root canal is the best way to preserve as much of the natural tooth as possible so that the patient won’t need to have the tooth removed.
Warning Signs that You May Need a Root Canal
It is sometimes hard to know when you may need a root canal, which is why your general dentist in Glenview can help. Some of these signs aren’t obvious to our patients but they are to us. Unfortunately, by the time some of these symptoms show up it’s during more advanced stages of infection or decay. The best way to catch these problems early on is to come in every six months for routine exams and cleanings.
However, if you don’t come into our office as often as you should, then dental problem will worsen and you may start to notice these warning signs:
- A tooth has become broken or cracked
- There is swelling, pain or redness of the gums surrounding the tooth
- The tooth is sensitive to extreme temperatures
- Pain after biting down on the tooth
- A tooth has developed some discoloration
If any of these symptoms are happening to you then you need to see us right away. Dental pain is considered an emergency, and the sooner you take care of the problem the better.
Don’t let dental pain and other problems ruin your smile. Turn to the dental professionals at Colonial Dental Group to preserve your smile. Call our office right away.