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Signs That You May Need a Root Canal

By Blue Ridge Dental Care
July 02, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

How a root canal from your dentist in Raleigh, NC, can relieve dental pain

Do you need a root canal? It’s hard to know for sure, because you may or may not experience dental pain and still need a root canal. The root canaltruth is, only your dentist can tell for sure whether you need a root canal. Dr. Ajamu Giscombe at Blue Ridge Dental Care in Raleigh, NC, offers root canal treatment along with a wide variety of preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dental services to help you and your smile.

There are some painful symptoms you may experience when you need a root canal. You should pay attention to:

  • Increasing tooth pain when you eat or drink hot or cold foods or beverages
  • Acute, sharp, stabbing pain when you bite down or chew
  • Chronic throbbing, aching pain that doesn’t go away
  • Pain that continues even after a filling or crown are placed

You may also notice some non-painful signs that you need a root canal. You should pay attention to:

  • A tooth that is becoming darker or grayer than the teeth next to it
  • A red or white bump on your gums next to a tooth root
  • Drainage which can include blood or pus coming from the bump on your gums

You need a root canal when the innermost layer of your tooth, a layer known as the pulp, is bruised or damaged from trauma, decay, or other reasons. When the pulp is damaged or bruised, inflammation starts, causing fluid to build up inside your tooth. The increasing pressure causes pain.

Your root canal treatment begins when your dentist creates a small opening on the top of your painful tooth. The diseased tissue is drawn out through the opening, and replaced with a sedative material. Inflammation, fluid build-up, and pain resolve. After your symptoms are gone, the sedative is removed and replaced with an inert material. The small opening is sealed up with a filling and your root canal is complete. Often times root canal treated teeth may require crowns to protect them, especially if they are done on posterior teeth.

Tooth pain can disrupt your life, and you may be tempted to have the painful tooth removed. Don’t do it! Consider root canal therapy to eliminate your pain and save your tooth. For more information about root canal therapy and other dental services, call Dr. Ajamu Giscombe at Blue Ridge Dental Care in Raleigh, NC, today!