Root Canal Symptoms
You may not be able to see it, but your tooth may be damaged. Structures inside your tooth could be inflamed or abscessed and infections could spread throughout your tooth and into your jawbone. You might experience some symptoms, some sensitivity to cold or heat, a constant throbbing ache or pain when you chew. You may feel nothing at all. Whether you know about it or not, internal damage will worsen over time. Eventually it could mean lost teeth and gaps in your smile.
Root Canal Therapy
At least that’s what would happen without the help of your dentist. Treating internal damage is a special area of dentistry. You’ve probably already heard of it. It’s called endodontics or root canal therapy. Using special tests and radiographs, we can detect internal damage and repair it before it destroys your tooth from the inside out.
Root canal therapy is a way of stopping an infection in the root of a tooth from spreading to the rest of the tooth and jawbone where it can cause painful abscesses and tooth loss. During treatment, infected soft tissue inside the root is removed through a tiny opening in the top of the tooth. The hole is filled with special materials and the outside of the tooth is restored to its normal appearance and function.
Like most problems, the sooner infections are treated the better. The dental team is always on the lookout for internal damage. That’s why we insist on regular checkups even if you don’t feel any pain. If you’re due for an examination, don’t wait, call us today.