Most of us have had cavities filled at some point in our lives, but occasionally teeth get damaged to the point that they need additional care. If your tooth is deeply infected or irritated down to its roots, a root canal may be needed to save the tooth.
Here at A Caring Dental Group in Cleveland, root canals are performed by Dr. Benedict Kim, who offers the following list of five signs that suggest you might benefit from this painless, tooth-saving procedure:
1. Your tooth feels painful or sensitive
Pain and sensitivity in your tooth are both indicators you may need a root canal. You typically feel the most pain when you’re chewing or biting down using the tooth.
Your tooth might also feel sensitive when it’s exposed to anything that’s hot or cold. The sensitivity often lingers long after the initial exposure.
2. Your gums are swollen
An infection in your tooth can cause irritation in the surrounding gum areas. As a result, it’s common for gums near infected teeth to swell.
3. You have a pimple on your gums
In addition to swelling, gums can have pus-filled pimples form as a result of the infection in a nearby tooth. These pimples typically leave a foul taste if they pop.
4. Your tooth has changed color
A tooth infection causes the tooth to darken or become discolored as the roots succumb to the infection. If you notice your tooth has unexpectedly turned grey, it’s time to make an appointment with Dr. Kim.
5. You’ve cracked or chipped a tooth
Teeth can chip or crack under a variety of circumstances. Regardless of the cause, these openings in your tooth make it more susceptible to infection getting in, upping the odds your tooth will need a root canal.
What happens during a root canal
If Dr. Kim determines your tooth needs a root canal, your procedure takes place at A Caring Dental Group. He begins by numbing the area around the tooth to ensure you don’t feel pain during the procedure.
Once you’re fully numb, Dr. Kim drills a small hole in your tooth and cleans out any damaged pulp. He then cleans and disinfects the tooth.
Finally, he fills the tooth using a rubber-like material and seals it to complete your treatment. In most cases, you return for another visit within two weeks to get a crown on the tooth.
Dr. Kim’s approach ensures you receive a high-quality root canal that’s gentle and pain-free. If you’re in the greater Cleveland area and suspect you may need a root canal, schedule a consultation with A Caring Dental Group. Call us or book your appointment online today.