How Do I Know if I Need a Root Canal?

Bloomfield Hills Root Canal Dentists

Tooth pain should always be taken seriously by scheduling an appointment with your root canal dentist. A severe toothache that doesn’t go away might be trying to tell you that there is an infection inside one of your teeth that need root canal therapy.

In this blog post, we will go over the signs you need a root canal. The information in this blog was written to help you better understand root canals and in no way should replace a visit to a Bloomfield Hills dentist.

Root Canal Symptoms

You might need a root canal if you experience:

  • Severe toothache
  • Tooth darkening in color
  • Abscess (or pimple) on the gums
  • Prolonged tooth sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Swollen or tender gums near tooth

Sometimes, there are no symptoms to warn you of infected tooth pulp. For this reason, it’s important to schedule a teeth cleaning and oral exam with your family dentist every six months.

How do root canals work?

The goal of root canal therapy is to save abscessed teeth or decaying teeth so they won’t be extracted. This means that your dentist will need to remove the decaying tooth nerve, along with the infected tooth pulp. Without an emergency root canal, the tooth will die and will require extraction.

First, your dentist will need to locally anesthetize the tooth so you won’t feel any pain during the procedure. You will feel a slight poke as your doctor injects the painkiller. Next, your dentist will use a small drill or another dental tool to create a small hole near the top of the tooth.

Once a sufficient opening has been made, your dentist will work to clear the dental pulp infection from your tooth. For good measure, your cosmetic dentist may flush the inside of your tooth with water and anti-microbial solution to make sure any remaining pulp and bacteria are removed. Afterwards, a temporary filling will be used to seal the small hole.

A few weeks later, you will return to the dentist’s office to have a root canal crown fitted over your tooth so it looks and feels natural. The porcelain crown will also help strengthen the tooth after such an intensive procedure.

Who do I call when my tooth hurts?

If your tooth is starting to hurt, it’s important to call your family dentist as soon as possible. A dentist will be able to take dental x-rays and examine your teeth so they can properly diagnose the problem. You should always schedule an appointment with your dentist at the first sign of dental discomfort. Be sure to describe your symptoms to the person answering your call so they can determine whether emergency dental care is appropriate for your situation.

Dr. Glenn Spencer DDS and his team are dedicated to helping patients save teeth through emergency root canal therapy and other tooth restoration procedures. If you are interested in setting up an appointment with our dentist in Bloomfield Hills, give us a call at (248) 646-6363.