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Your mouth may be trying to warn you that something is wrong. Maybe it’s time you listened.
While not all dental issues will present with warning signs and symptoms it’s also important not to ignore certain changes or issues if they arise. After all, the sooner you seek the care you need the better. So, how do you know it’s time to visit our Findlay, OH, dentists Dr. Bill Anderson and Dr. Austin Hoffner for root canal therapy? If you have any of these symptoms it’s time to give us a call.
A toothache is a major warning sign that something is wrong. Even though a tooth can hurt for several reasons such as a cavity, sometimes a toothache can also mean that you may require root canals. The pain you may experience may be intermittent or persistent, throbbing or stabbing. The pain often gets worse when biting down or putting pressure on the tooth. This symptom is the result of an infected or inflamed dental pulp.
While a sensitive tooth alone may not mean you need a root canal, if you notice that a tooth has suddenly developed prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks this could also be a sign that you need root canal therapy.
Gum swelling and tenderness
While not everyone who requires a root canal will experience swelling around the tooth, if you do notice this issue this is a very clear sign that an infection is present. The swelling ranges from very mild to severe and in serious cases there may also be swelling in the face or neck. In some cases, a pimple-like growth (known as an abscess) may form on the gums surrounding the infected tooth.
Just feeling off
You know that feeling. You can’t put your finger on it exactly but your body feels rundown in a way that you can only pinpoint to illness. If you find yourself feeling ill or not right and you are noticing some of the symptoms above then it might be time to schedule an evaluation with our Findlay, OH, general dentist. Some patients that require this endodontic procedure may even develop a fever.
Are you dealing with any of the issues above? If so, then the first call you should make is to our Findlay, OH, dental office. Call Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center to ask any questions about root canals today.
The reasons people need root canal therapy vary. However, rest assured if Dr. Anderson or Dr. Hoffner at Anderson and Hoffner Dental Center in Findlay, OH, recommend you have this restorative treatment, you'll be back to good oral health in no time. Read here about the treatment and reasons why people need this reliable restoration.
What is root canal therapy?
Simply put, root canal therapy removes damaged, inflamed and infected pulp from the interior of a tooth--specifically, from the slender chambers inside each root. Accomplished entirely in-office with benefit of local anesthetic (numbing shot), root canal therapy preserves remaining hard structure and covers it with a custom-made porcelain crown.
Root canals take up to three visits to Anderson and Hoffner Dental Center in Findlay. The first involves X-rays and examination to diagnose the problem. The next two involve removing the pulp (with tiny metal files), disinfecting the canals, sealing them with a biocompatible putty and and covering the tooth with a temporary crown. The last visit entails placement of the final porcelain crown, a lifelike jacket of premium quality ceramic.
Reasons you need a root canal
Basically, bacteria has invaded the interior of your tooth, causing the pulp to become infected and swollen, says Dear Doctor. Most typically, such a tooth is super painful. Bacterial invasion happens because of large or small cracks in the tooth enamel or from deep decay. Fortunately, root canals relieve pain and pressure, and as the tooth heals, it experiences less and less sensitivity to cold, pressure and heat.
Other signs which indicate need for this restoration are:
- Bad breath which does not respond to mouth wash or toothbrushing
- Dull pain in the area of the frontal sinuses
- Swelling of the jaw, face, and gums
- A fistula, or reddened pimple, on the gums near the tooth
- Darkened enamel
Find out more
If you have urgent dental symptoms, please contact Anderson and Hoffner Dental Center immediately for a consultation. If your dentist says it's time for a root canal, expect a successful treatment. Most teeth treated with root canals function for years and years, says the American Association of Endodontists in Findlay, OH. Call today at (419) 424-5850.
What your dentists in Findlay want you to know
If you have a painful tooth, your first thought may be to take the tooth out, but that might be a mistake. Once a tooth is removed, you are faced with reduced ability to chew your food, and a smile with an unsightly gap. If you want to replace the tooth, choices can be expensive. Why not try to save the tooth with root canal treatment? Dr. Bill Anderson and Dr. Austin Hoffner at Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center in Findlay, OH want to share how a root canal can help relieve your dental pain.
You might need a root canal because a tooth has been traumatized by an accident or injury. You might also need a root canal because of untreated dental decay which has penetrated into the inside of your tooth. Whatever the cause, your tooth can become inflamed, producing pressure and pain.
A root canal treatment relieves pain by removing the diseased and dying tissue from inside of your tooth, eliminating infection and inflammation. Treatment starts with your dentist creating a small opening at the top of your tooth. He inserts small instruments called files into the opening and draws out the diseased tissue through the opening. A sedative material is placed inside your tooth and the opening is temporarily sealed.
The sedative material reduces inflammation and pressure, helping your tooth to calm down. After your pain is gone, the tooth is reopened and a permanent inert material is placed inside your tooth. The opening is sealed permanently with a small metal filling.
It is highly recommended to have a crown placed on a tooth that has had a root canal. That’s because teeth can become brittle and more prone to fracture after having a root canal. Your tooth will need more protection from strong biting and chewing forces.
If you have a painful tooth, before you decide to have the tooth extracted, think about saving the tooth with root canal treatment. For more information about root canals and other restorative and cosmetic treatments, call Dr. Anderson and Dr. Hoffner at Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center in Findlay, OH. Get rid of your dental pain by calling today!