If ever there were two words uttered by the dentist that invoked immediate fear in the hearts of patients, they would be “root canal.” No one wants one. Heck, we even cringe when we know someone else has to have one.
However, the fear and anxiety of getting a root canal is oftentimes the issue and not the procedure itself. If you’ve had serious tooth pain that has required root canal treatment, you know that you’ll do almost anything to make that pain stop immediately. Sharp, stabbing pains and an aching jaw can cause immense discomfort.
So, what precisely is a root canal and why do you need one? Millions of teeth are treated and saved each year thanks to root canals. This endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal, becomes inflamed or infected.
Common causes of root canal pain include:
Decay: Tooth decay that has penetrated the outer layers of the teeth which causes root canal pain.
Damage: Cracks or chips in teeth can cause tooth decay and root canal pain.
Disease: Risk factors for infection in the tooth pulp include severe tooth decay, trauma to the tooth, recent dental procedures, large fillings, and cracks or chips in the teeth.
Not all tooth pain means you need a root canal. Signs that imply your tooth may need a root canal include pain, sensitivity to heat or cold, tenderness to touch and chewing, or darkening of the tooth.
If you notice or experience any of the symptoms above, contact Dr. Kim and the staff at Northwest Implant Dental Spa. We’ll arrange for a dentist in Wheeling, IL, to examine you as soon as possible in order to have the problem tooth looked at.