Signs That You May Need a Root Canal
Root canal treatment is an endodontic procedure. It treats infected soft pulp inside the tooth. Dr. Peter Stoltz of Three Fountains Family Dental provides patients with root canal therapy at his West Columbia, SC, family dentist's office when people have tooth pain.
Signs You Need a Root Canal
A tooth is composed of several layers. When bacteria cause a cavity deep enough to infiltrate tooth enamel and reaches the pulp, people start to feel pain. Your West Columbia family dentist needs to remove the pulp, clean and disinfect the canal, seals the canal and places a crown over the tooth to protect your teeth.
- Toothache while eating or applying pressure on teeth
- Sensitivity to hot or cold stimuli and pain that lingers afterward too
- A small, pimple-like bump on soft tissue near the area of pain
- Darkening of the tooth and tenderness or swelling in the gums
What Causes Root Canals?
- Poor oral or dental regimen that results in the accumulation of acid-producing bacteria that breaks down the enamel allows bacteria to infect your tooth's pulp.
- Avoiding dental visits which are crucial in identifying serious issues like cavities, cracks and chips that, if not dealt with, gives way to bacterial infections.
- Trauma from an accident or sustaining an injury damages teeth and, again, allows bacteria to infiltrate teeth.
How to Care for Teeth to Avoid Needing a Root Canal
Make sure you brush your teeth twice a day to avoid accumulation of acid-producing bacteria, which eventually turns into plaque and tartar. Flossing your teeth at least once a day also helps protect soft tissue and teeth, as well as using fluoride-containing products and drinking plenty of water washes away food debris.
Need a consultation?
If you would like to speak with Dr. Peter Stoltz of Three Fountains Family Dental about root canal therapy, then don't hesitate to speak with your West Columbia, SC, family dentist at (803) 755-0039 today.