Find out why you might require root canal therapy from our Clinton Township office
A root canal isn’t an elective procedure, but one that our Clinton Township, MI, dentist, Dr. Ramakrishna Nallapaneni, will recommend if you are dealing with an infected or damaged tooth. Of course, it’s also important to recognize the warning signs so that you seek immediate dental care as soon as possible. Could your mouth be telling you that you need a root canal? It might be if you are dealing with these telltale signs:
A Nasty Toothache
A toothache, no matter what the cause, is considered a dental emergency. A toothache is often a sign that the inside of the tooth, or dental pulp, has become inflamed or infected by bacteria. That’s because the dental pulp contains nerves, making it the only “feeling” part of the tooth. Once the pulp has been affected, a root canal is imminent. The severity and type of pain can range from mild and achy to severe throbbing and stabbing pain. No matter how minor or severe, tooth pain should be checked out immediately.
Pain When Chewing
Unfortunately, not everyone who needs a root canal will experience pain; however, you may suddenly notice that whenever you chew on one side of your mouth, the tooth starts to hurt. You may also notice pain whenever you bite down or put pressure on the tooth. Again, this is a sign that the dental pulp is in trouble.
Prolonged Tooth Sensitivity
Since the nerves of the tooth have been affected, the tooth is also going to be overly sensitive. This means that certain hot or cold foods and drinks may also leave you grabbing your face in discomfort. Many people who require a root canal experience lingering tooth sensitivity to extreme temperatures. If you are suddenly wincing in pain whenever you take a sip of ice-cold water, it’s probably time to see the dentist.
I’m experiencing these symptoms. Now what?
If you are noticing any of the symptoms above then it’s time to visit our Clinton Township office so that our dentist can examine your tooth and treat the problem. Contact Riverside Family Dental today by dialing (586) 468-0983.