Signs You May Need A Root Canal

A root canal is a common dental procedure. It can treat an infected tooth and prevent a tooth from being lost. A root canal is a relatively routine procedure that has many dental health benefits, the most important being that it can often save your natural tooth so that it can remain in place in your mouth. 

What is a root canal and how do you know if you need one? Here are the typical signs and symptoms to look for. 


What is a Root Canal? 

A root canal is a procedure that can often save a tooth that is infected or at risk of infection due to decay or damage to the enamel. At the center of each tooth is soft tissue called dental pulp that contains blood vessels and nerves that sustain the tooth. When this tissue becomes infected, it causes pain and discomfort. 

During a root canal procedure, the dental pulp is removed from the inside of the tooth and the inside is cleaned and sterilized. It is sealed with a filling material that prevents infection. In most cases a crown will be placed over the tooth to preserve the integrity of the remaining tooth structure.


Warning Signs That a Tooth May Need a Root Canal

The following signs and symptoms may indicate that a root canal is needed: 


Is a Root Canal Necessary or Can the Tooth Be Extracted?

Attempting to save the tooth with a root canal is preferable to extraction for many reasons: 

If the tooth can be saved with a root canal, it is a much better option than having the tooth extracted. 


What Should I Do If I Think I Need a Root Canal?

If you have any of the signs or symptoms that indicate you may need a root canal, contact South Florida Sedation Dentistry to schedule an appointment. If you are experiencing severe pain, call us during or after business hours and we will do our best to see you as soon as possible. 

Call 561-967-2001 or contact us today to schedule an appointment.