When is a root canal necessary?
A root canal procedure becomes necessary when the inner part of the tooth - called the pulp - becomes infected. An infection can occur due to circumstances that compromise the inner part of the tooth such as injury, a crack in the tooth, or advanced decay.
Symptoms of infection can vary greatly, so it is not always easy to tell whether or not you may need a root canal. In some cases, discoloration of the tooth may occur, making it appear shadowy or darkened. You may feel a dull throbbing pain or pain upon biting down; however, some people feel no pain from their tooth infection. The absence of pain may actually indicate that the nerve has died - meaning that a root canal may be needed.
Some people may be unaware of a tooth infection for a long period of time. Sometimes the only way to be sure that there is an infection is through dental x-rays and other methods of examination by a dental professional.
Often, the best way to address such an infection - and sometimes the only way to save your natural tooth - is through root canal therapy.
If you suspect that you may need a root canal, schedule a consultation with your Maine Family Dental dentist.