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Could pain or other symptoms in your teeth and gums mean that you might need root canals? The dentists at 1st Choice Dental Care in Kennesaw & Woodstock, GA, share a few signs and symptoms that may occur if you need a root canal.
How can I tell I need a root canal?
If you need a root canal, you may notice one or more of these symptoms:
- Persistent Tooth Pain: That pain in your tooth may be due to a cavity or could be a sign that your pulp is inflamed or infected. Although the enamel and dentin layers of your tooth are hard, the center of your tooth is filled with a soft collection of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. An infection or inflammation of the pulp can be very painful, although that's not always the case. Even mild persistent pain warrants a visit to our Kennesaw & Woodstock offices.
- Avoidance of Certain Foods and Beverages: Have you stopped drinking hot coffee, or realized that you prefer water lukewarm instead of cold? If you need a root canal, your teeth can become very sensitive. Eating or drinking cold, hot or sugary foods and beverages can cause jolts of pain that may linger for 30 minutes or longer.
- Red Gums: Swelling and redness may develop in your gum if you need a root canal. Because inflamed, red gums can also be a sign of gum disease, it's important to schedule an appointment if you notice these symptoms.
- Discoloration: Is your painful tooth darker than your other teeth? A change in color is a warning sign.
- Symptoms of an Abscess: A dental abscess, a painful bacterial infection in your tooth pulp, is usually very difficult to ignore. If you have an abscess, you may feel sick and have a fever. A quick glance in the mirror may reveal swollen gums, a small bump on your gum or swelling in your jaw. Abscesses are often very painful. In fact, sleeping may be impossible if you have an abscess. In addition to a root canal, you'll also need to begin taking antibiotics to prevent the spread of the infection.
Root canals can relieve your pain. If you have any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with the dentists at 1st Choice Dental Care by calling (678) 293-8773 for the Kennesaw & Woodstock, GA offices.
As a new permanent tooth develops, the roots undergo a process of breakdown and growth. As older cells dissolve (a process called resorption), they’re replaced by newer cells laid down (deposition) as the jaw develops. Once the jaw development ends in early adulthood, root resorption normally stops. It’s a concern, then, if it continues.
Abnormal root resorption most often begins outside of the tooth and works its way in, beginning usually around the neck-like (or cervical) region of the tooth. Also known as external cervical resorption (ECR), the condition usually shows first as pink spots where the enamel is being undermined. As these spots continue to erode, they develop into cavity-like areas.
While its causes haven’t been fully confirmed, ECR has been linked to excessive pressure on teeth during orthodontic treatment, periodontal ligament trauma, teeth-grinding or other excessive force habits, and bleaching techniques performed inside a tooth. Fortunately, ECR is a rare occurrence, and most people who’ve had these problems won’t experience it.
When it does occur, though, it must be treated as quickly as possible because the damage can progress swiftly. Treatment depends on the size and location of the resorption: a small site can often be treated by surgically accessing the tooth through the gum tissue and removing the offending tissue cells. This is often followed with tooth-colored dental material that’s bonded to the tooth to replace lost structure.
A root canal treatment may be necessary if the damage has extended to the pulp, the tooth’s interior. However, there’s a point where the resorption becomes too extensive to save the tooth. In these cases, it may be necessary to remove the tooth and replace it with a dental implant or similar tooth restoration.
In its early stages, ECR may be difficult to detect, and even in cases where it’s been diagnosed more advanced diagnostics like a CBCT scanner may be needed to gauge the extent of damage. In any case, it’s important that you have your teeth examined on a regular basis, at least twice a year. In the rare chance you’ve developed ECR, the quicker it’s found and treatment begun, the better your chances of preserving the tooth.
Have you heard bad things about root canals? Well, read on to get to the "root" of these fabrications.
When you hear the words "root canal," do you feel immediate dread? You're not alone. A survey conducted by the American Academy of Endodontists - root canal specialists - found that most of its respondents were fearful of pain associated with root canals; not because of their own experiences, but because of what they'd heard or read from other sources. In actuality, when you have a root canal at 1st Choice Dental Care in Kennesaw, Woodstock or Marietta, GA, you'll find that the procedure is easy and actually relieves pain instead of causing it. Ready to hear the truth from our doctors? Read on!
Myths about root canals...
There are several persistent myths associated with root canals that your dentist hears from patients. There is concern that root canals are painful, drawn-out procedures, that they can cause illness like heart disease or cancer, or that having a tooth pulled is easier and more effective. All of these beliefs are based on out-of-date dental practices or studies that have long since been proven inaccurate, but the stories surrounding root canals continue to live on, preventing people from getting this very important and tooth-saving procedure.
...and the truth about root canals
The idea that having a root canal can contribute to other illnesses was based on a study done almost 100 years ago and the results of which have never been proven or replicated. The most widespread myth - root canals are painful - is simply incorrect, thanks to high-tech treatment methods and effective anesthetic procedures. Many times people who visit their dentist are in pain before a root canal, which is due to an infection deep inside the tooth. Removing the infection and sealing the tooth off stops the pain from continuing or increasing. By doing this, your dentist is also keeping your natural tooth in place, which we now know is an important factor in preserving the health of the rest of your teeth.
When you need a root canal or any other dental procedure, you can be assured that the entire staff of 1st Choice Dental Care in Kennesaw, Woodstock and Marietta, Georgia has your health and safety at the top of their priority list. Contact us with any further questions or to make an appointment!
It may surprise you to learn the truth about root canals.
Root canals have an unfortunate spot at the top of the list of "most feared dental procedures." This fear is largely unsubstantiated; in fact, a recent dental industry survey found that people who feared root canals the most had never actually had them done. At 1st Choice Dental Care in Marietta, Kennesaw and Woodstock, GA, our dentists and staff educate our patients on the most up-to-date information about dental procedures, and we believe it's time to help root canals earn a better reputation: they are a therapeutic way of relieving pain and preventing infection. Here are the facts.
What does a root canal fix?
A cavity starts on the outer surface of a tooth, called the enamel. If it's caught early, a filling to remove the decay and stop its spread is often enough. However, if decay is allowed to continue, however, it can enter the deeper layers of a tooth and begin to cause pain due to its proximity to the nerves connecting the tooth to the blood supply. When this happens, your Marietta, Kennesaw and Woodstock dentist will likely suggest a root canal. This procedure, also called endodontic therapy, removes the infection from the inner portions of a tooth and strengthens the tooth from the inside out. A crown is usually placed over the topmost portion of the tooth to protect it further.
Why do root canals have a bad reputation?
Like many dental procedures, root canals used to be performed without the use of anesthesia. But as the dental industry began to develop better methods of treatment, dental procedures became easier to tolerate. Unfortunately, root canals haven't been able to shake their outdated attributes. The truth is, as your Marietta, Kennesaw and Woodstock dentist will tell you, root canals exist to alleviate pain. With anesthesia in place and the infection is eradicated, there should be no pain during the procedure and very little afterwards.
If you'd like to learn more about how root canals can help improve your dental health, contact 1st Choice Dental Care in Marietta, Kennesaw and Woodstock, GA. We'd be happy to set you up with a consultation with one of our skilled dentists!