A root canal is a common dental procedure used to clean out decay in the pulp of your tooth, an area that consists of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. When decay gets into this area, the pulp can become inflamed or infected, which is why a root canal is necessary to get the tooth back to its original, healthy state. If you think you may need root canal therapy, here are some signs that you should look out for.
The Root Canal Therapy Process
The root canal process has been improved throughout the years thanks to advanced technology, making it more comfortable. While similar to a filling, root canals take longer and involve a deeper area of the tooth. The process involves four steps:
- Extracting all decay and bacteria from the tooth pulp, nerve, and root
- Disinfecting with antibiotics
- Filling the empty root
- Sealing up the area to prevent future decay
Following a root canal, your tooth will be left in a fragile state, so it is often covered with a crown to protect it as it regains strength.
Signs That You Might Need Root Canal Therapy
Dr. Orobitg will be able to determine if you need a root canal, but there are several symptoms to look out for that will indicate you may need one.
- Consistent pain: Tooth pain can have many different causes, but if you’re in need of a root canal, the pain will often be felt deep in the tooth or in your jawbone.
- Swollen gums: Swelling can be caused by dead pulp tissue, which can often lead to tenderness and pain.
- Temperature sensitivity: Your tooth may hurt or feel sensitive whenever you eat or drink something hot or cold, an indication that the nerves and blood vessels in your tooth are damaged. If this sensitivity lingers after you stop eating or drinking, you may need a root canal.
- Tooth discoloration: Discolored teeth have many different causes, but it could be a result of the pulp of your tooth being infected, signaling a need for a root canal.
- Chipped or cracked teeth: If you chip or crack one of your teeth in an accident or while eating, this may cause bacteria to set in and infect your tooth and its surrounding areas.
- Loose teeth: If your tooth is infected, it may feel loose as a result of waste building up around the bone of the tooth.
Trust in Your Local Leesburg Dental Professional
If you think you may need a root canal, Eddie Orobitg, D.M.D., your local dental expert, will examine you with care and comfort. With over two decades of experience, Dr. Orobitg and his staff have provided top-quality dental care and root canal therapy to the residents of Leesburg, Florida, The Villages® community and all the surrounding communities. To schedule your appointment today, call (352) 787-5919.