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Signs You May Need a Root Canal

A root canal is very similar to a routine filling. However, it does far more than save the tooth from decay. It also prevents infection in the tooth from spreading to surrounding bones and tissue. 

In the past, infections in the oral cavity were potentially life-threatening. But today, with the advent of antibiotics and modern dentistry, removing the infected or inflamed pulp is a simple procedure that takes one or two appointments to complete. 

Modern dentistry also makes root canals painless, and there’s also the option of sedation for patients who experience dental anxiety.

Do you suspect that you may need a root canal? If so, read on. We asked our expert at Aquila Dental, Dr. Richard Higgs, about symptoms of which you should be aware. 

Symptoms that may indicate the need for root canal

The top hard layer of the tooth is called enamel, and the second layer is called the dentin. Deep inside the tooth, there’s the pulp, which is a soft layer containing nerves and blood vessels. 

Because it carries essential nutrients via blood vessels, the pulp is vital for tooth development. However, after the tooth is fully developed, the pulp can be extracted, as it’s no longer essential for the survival of the tooth. 

Symptoms that may indicate an infected pulp include the following:

If you have an infected pulp, you may not experience all of the symptoms mentioned above. Any of these symptoms should prompt you to see a dental professional, as you don’t want to risk leaving an infection untreated.

How root canals save your teeth

Large cavities, chips, or cracks are the root cause of most infected dental pulps. To reach the pulp and extract the infected tissue, Dr. Higgs removes the tooth crown in order to access the pulpal tissue. 

Using a rubber-like sheet, he isolates the area surrounding the pulpal tissue so that no saliva can get into the pulp and the root canals. Next, he introduces a dental tool that resembles a small, flexible needle into the tooth to remove the pulp and the nerves. 

Once the root canals and the pulp are empty, Dr. Higgs cleans them and places medication inside the tooth to clear any traces of infection. If medication is unnecessary, Dr. Higgs proceeds to the last step, which involves placing the cement and the filling meant to restore the functionality of the tooth.

Find out what’s causing your symptoms 

Millions of Americans preserve their teeth by opting for root canals. If you’ve been experiencing symptoms, contact us to schedule an appointment at our office located in Chandler, Arizona.  Dr. Higgs can help you identify the cause of your discomfort and provide you with pain-free dental treatments.

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