ROOT CANAL THERAPY AND SERVICES IN MOBILE, AL
WHAT IS ROOT CANAL THERAPY?
Essentially, root canals are a procedure that treat situations that involve fixing cavities or cracks in teeth that are so bad that they affect the pulp or nerve of a tooth. The pulp is a collection of blood vessels and soft tissue that can get infected when a tooth is cracked or populated from the bacteria of a cavity. Once the tissue gets infected, you may develop an abscess. If this infection isn’t treated, over time it can lead to pain, injury to your jawbones and even issues with your overall health!
WHAT ARE THE REASONS FOR A ROOT CANAL?
There are a few different reasons that people may need root canals, all of which can lead to severe infection if untreated. These include:
- A Dead or Necrotic Nerve
- Infection or Abscess
- Tooth Fractures
- Tooth Trauma
- Significant Tooth Decay
HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED A ROOT CANAL?
Generally speaking the indications that you need root canal therapy will be incredibly obvious, as you may have a spontaneous toothache or swelling; however, sometimes a patient is unaware that they have an underlying infection and do not realize they need a root canal until x-rays and clinical examination by a dentist.
Some of the more apparent symptoms may include:
- Pain while trying to chew.
- Pain with exposure to heat or cold.
- A change in the color of the tooth (often gray).
- An extreme toothache.
- Pain while pressure is applied to the tooth.
- Swelling of nearby gums.
ARE ROOT CANALS PAINFUL?
WHAT IS THE ROOT CANAL PROCESS?
WHAT IS THE ROOT CANAL RECOVERY PROCESS?
Generally there isn’t any particular recovery procedure for a root canal—it should heal up fine on its own. Still, if you notice any pain or pressure that lasts for more than a couple of days, you’ll want to contact your dentist to make sure the area isn’t infected.