Tooth pain should always be taken seriously by scheduling an appointment with our root canal dentist. A painful tooth might be trying to tell you that there is infection inside one of your teeth that needs root canal therapy.
Please keep in mind that this blog post was written to help you better understand root canals and in no way should replace a visit to our Holland root canal dentist.
What are the signs of needing a root canal?
You might need aif you experience:
- A tooth darkening in color
- An abscess (or pimple) on the gums
- Prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold
- Severe toothache
- Gum tissue near tooth is swollen and/or tender
Sometimes there are no symptoms to warn you of infected tooth pulp. For this reason, it’s important to schedule a preventive care appointment with our root canal dentist every 6 months.
What happens during root canal therapy?
The goal of root canal treatment is to save abscessed teeth or decaying teeth so they won’t need to be extracted. This means that our dentist will need to remove the decaying tooth nerve, along with the infected tooth pulp. Without root canal therapy, the tooth will die and need to be extracted.
First, our dentist will need to locally anesthetize the tooth so you won’t feel any pain during the root canal. You may feel a slight poke as your doctor injects the pain reliever. Next, our dentist will use a small drill or other dental tool to create a small hole near the top of the tooth.
Once a sufficient opening has been made, our root canal dentist will work to clear the dental pulp infection from your tooth. For good measure, our dentist may flush the inside of your tooth with water and anti-microbial solution to make sure any remaining pulp and bacteria is removed. After the, a temporary filling will be used to seal the small hole.
A few weeks later, you will return to our dentist’s office to have a dental crown fitted over your tooth so it looks and feels natural. The entiretypically takes two trips to our office.
Who do I call when my tooth hurts?
If your tooth is starting to hurt, it’s important to call our emergency dentist as soon as possible. A dentist will be able to take x-rays and examine your teeth so they can properly diagnose the problem. You should always schedule an appointment with our 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. Ryan Lebster DDS is a root canal dentist in Holland, MI, who specializes in emergency dental care. To learn if you need an , call RediDental Emergency Dental Care at (616) 796-3200.