That toothache is trying to tell you something. Isn’t it time you listened?
Ouch! Your tooth hurts. What could be going on? Why might your tooth be causing you pain and will it just go away on its own? Unfortunately, the answer is no. Dental pain is often the sign that something is wrong with the tooth. While in some cases it might mean you have a cavity other times dentists Dr. Alan Myers and Dr. Eliza Myers at Myers Family Dental in Augusta, GA may discover that the dental pulp, an internal soft structure made up of nerves, is inflamed or infected. This means that root canal treatment will be necessary to remove the affected pulp.
What are the warning signs that might mean I need a root canal?
While you should never try and self-diagnose, it is important to understand the warning signs that require you to visit your dentist for care. The most common sign that you need a root canal is dental pain. Dental pain can manifest itself in different ways. Pain may be persistent or it may come and go. Pain may also get worse when chewing or biting down on the tooth.
Another symptom that’s common for those dealing with an inflamed or infected dental pulp is sudden tooth sensitivity. You may notice that out of the blue your tooth zaps or zings whenever you drink or eat something hot or cold. This may also occur when eating sugar.
Other warning signs include:
- Red, swollen gums around the affected tooth
- Persistent bad breath
- An abscess (a pimple-like bump) on the gums
It’s important that you come in right away if you are experiencing any of these symptoms. If in doubt, give us a call and let us know what symptoms you are experiencing and we’ll decide whether you should come in immediately for care.
What is the purpose of a root canal?
The sole purpose of root canal therapy is to remove the infected dental pulp and to clean out the tooth and remove the bacteria to prevent it from spreading to surrounding teeth or even the jawbone, which can cause more serious complications for your oral health. A root canal is a required procedure if you have an infected or inflamed dental pulp. If left untreated, the infection or bacteria will continue to spread, leading to tooth and bone loss. A root canal can preserve your natural tooth and prevent the need for an extraction.
Don’t let your toothache go ignored. If this is something you or a loved one is experiencing it’s important that you call Dr. Alan or Eliza Myers, at Myers Family Dental in Augusta, GA, to schedule an appointment. Call (706) 738-7742.