Signs You May Need a Root Canal
By Foothill Family Dental
November 02, 2017
Category: Dentist
Tags: Root Canal  

How root canal treatment from your dentists in Foothill Ranch can help your smileroot canal

If you’ve ever suffered from tooth pain, you know how it can make your jaws and head hurt. You may find yourself only thinking about the constant, throbbing pain. The question is what can you do about it? Your first thoughts may turn to removing the tooth and getting rid of the pain. But there is a better way; you can save your tooth and your smile with root canal therapy. The dentists Foothill Family Dental in Foothill Ranch, CA want to share how a root canal can save your smile.

So how do you know if a root canal can help you? There are some definite signs and symptoms that may indicate the need for a root canal. You need to pay attention to:

  • Pain that increases when you eat hot or cold foods or drink hot or cold beverages
  • Pain that moves to other areas of your jaws, face and head
  • Pain that never goes away or pain that increases
  • A red or white bump on your gums near the tooth root
  • Drainage or bleeding from your gums around the tooth

There are many causes of tooth damage that can lead to the need for a root canal. You may need a root canal if you have:

  • A damaged tooth from an accident, trauma, or an injury
  • Infection inside your tooth caused by deep dental decay

Sometimes teeth can die naturally too, causing no symptoms or pain. Teeth begin to die when the pulp which contains the nerves and blood supply starts to harden. The only sign you might see is the tooth becoming darker compared to the teeth next to it.

A root canal treatment works by removing the diseased and dying tissue inside the tooth. Your dentist will create a small opening in the top of the tooth and remove the tissue inside using ultra-thin instruments. The tooth is filled with an inert material and closed back up. Root canal treatment typically takes at least two appointments, possibly more depending on the level of infection.

Now you can get rid of dental pain and still keep your tooth, thanks to root canal therapy. To find out more about root canals and other restorative and cosmetic dental treatments, call the dentists at Foothill Family Dental in Foothill Ranch, CA today!