Dealing with dental issues is certainly no fun and yet it happens more often than we would like. Of course, our Marietta, GA, dentist Dr. Casey Hart are here to the rescue when you start noticing problems with your smile that require immediate attention. Find out the signs and symptoms that might mean that you need root canal therapy, and why this procedure is so important for maintaining a healthy smile.
The most common indication that you may need root canal treatment is a toothache. Some people may only experience minor pain and not think it warrants a trip to the dentist while others may deal with persistent and severe pain. The pain may come and go throughout the day or get worse when biting down or putting pressure on the tooth.
You may also find that the tooth is particularly sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages. The gums around the tooth may also be red, tender or swollen. A toothache alone is considered a dental emergency, no matter how mild it may be.
What You Should Do
If you notice any of the symptoms above then it’s time to contact your dentist in Marietta, GA, right away. Tell us about your symptoms over the phone and then a member of our dental staff will arrange an urgent care appointment for you. If symptoms are severe enough we may tell you to come right into the office.
If you are in severe pain you may choose to temporarily alleviate pain with over-the-counter painkillers or by applying an ice pack to the affected side of the face to ease your symptoms until your appointment.
What will a root canal do?
Our dentist will run x-rays to look at the health of the dental pulp, a structure inside the tooth that is made up of nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. If the pulp is infected or inflamed, we will need to perform root canal treatment to remove the pulp and to clean out the inside of the tooth to prevent bacteria from spreading further into the tooth, as well as to nearby bone and other teeth.
A root canal is performed under local anesthesia, so the treatment area will be completely numb. Once the dental pulp has been extracted and the inside of the tooth has been disinfected we will apply a special material inside the roots and the tooth to support the structure and also to prevent another infection from occurring. After root canal therapy, your dentist may also decide to place a dental crown over the tooth for protection.
If you are dealing with a toothache or other dental issues in Marietta, GA, then don’t hesitate to call our office right away. We will make sure that you get the dental care you need.