What do you do when you experience throbbing pain in your teeth for a long period? You visit your dentist, right? But do you consider getting that tooth removed? If yes, then you need to know that there’s a method of restoring that tooth and just getting rid of the discomfort. The method is called root canal treatment, something you probably know of. Root canal treatment process involves working on the hurting nerves or pulp of your tooth, numbing them permanently, filling the cavity with a long-lasting material, and also fitting a dental crown if required. By undergoing this treatment, you save on one of your teeth and prevent creating a gap in your mouth.
Although millions of people undergo root canal treatment every year, it is the best solution for a limited number of oral issues. You will be the right candidate for this treatment only if you experience the following.
Sensitivity to Hot and Cold
What starts as a mild pain can eventually result in intense and sharp pain. We are talking about the pain or discomfort you feel when you eat or drink something hot or cold. This phenomenon of feeling irritation and pain in your teeth when they come in contact with hot or cold foods is called teeth sensitivity. This can happen due to several reasons. Your tooth enamel may deplete with time or due to excessive intake of sugary and acidic food and result in enamel breakdown. Or it may happen when your dental nerves are damaged. In most cases, root canal treatment is advised to solve this issue. The treatment doesn’t regenerate the enamel, but it seals the ends of your nerves so that you don’t feel the pain.
Toothache on Contact
A toothache can be due to numerous reasons. But when the pain is just not ready to escape your mouth, it can be a matter of concern. If you don’t have decay or cavities (which are the main causes of toothache), but still experience pain, you shouldn’t ignore it. If you experience a different type of pain, i.e., when your pain gets worse when eating, biting down, or when you apply pressure to your teeth, you may require root canal treatment. This generally happens when your dental nerves and blood vessels are impacted.
Your teeth can fracture due to injury, trauma, or eating something too hard. When your teeth are chipped, broken, or cracked, the underlying nerves and blood vessels are exposed. So whenever pressure is applied or when you eat something cold or hot, you directly feel the discomfort. Moreover, exposed nerves and blood vessels are more susceptible to infections. An infection in a tooth’s root can enter the bloodstream and spread. An untreated infection requires a root canal to prevent further infection and pain.
The same reasoning applies to when you lose your cosmetic dental work such as veneers, fillings, bonding, or crowns. Your teeth become vulnerable to pain and infection and will need root canal treatment or other cosmetic dentistry solutions.
Your teeth can get infected due to several reasons, most common of them being decay and cavities. And as mentioned above, when tooth nerves get infected, the infection spreads to other parts of your mouth, first to your teeth. Once deep decay has set in within the base of your tooth, no amount of brushing, flossing or rinsing with mouthwash will solve the problem. If a cavity has been neglected for too long, it will spread down into the nerve and the root of the tooth. Bad breath, foul taste of foods, tooth darkening, and toothache are just a few problems that come along with dental infection. The only solution to get rid of these problems and restore your tooth is undergoing root canal treatment. The decayed and infected portion of your tooth and pulp will be extracted, and the cavity will be filled with a resin called gutta-percha.
Inflamed Dental Nerves
We already talked about how the nerves inside your teeth can get exposed and then infected. When your nerves are damaged, you will feel pain too often. Since it is hard to determine how close a nerve is situated to the tooth surface, exposure of the nerve can occur if a dentist makes contact with pulp tissue during treatment. In this case, your dentist will prefer a root canal treatment as the treatment can easily remove the infected portion inside your tooth to eliminate the problem altogether.
Swelling and Gum Tenderness
If your toothache is associated with swollen and tender gums, then there are chances that you may need root canal treatment. Although swollen, red, and tender gums aren’t symptoms of undergoing this treatment, it surely signals that your gums need attention. Gum issues like these can be signs of other oral issues like the start of gum disease or gum inflammation. To understand whether you need root canal treatment or not, look for these signs:
- Gum swelling situated in front of the root tip.
- A gum boil on the tip of the root.
- Swelling that lasts for either days or months.
If you aren’t sure about root canal and gum swelling, you can visit your dentist and let them examine your gums.
Malaise (a general feeling of illness or uneasiness) or even fever are possible symptoms that may present themselves when you have a tooth that requires root canal treatment. The best way to decide whether you require root canal treatment or not is by visiting your dentist. They will be able to identify signs that are visible only to the trained eyes.