Find out the purpose behind a root canal and how it might just save your tooth.
Hearing the dreaded words “tooth infection” may be enough to send you into a tizzy; however, our Plantation, FL, dentists Dr. Annette Middelhof see this issue quite frequently and know exactly what to do to treat the problem (now, aren’t you glad you came into the office when you did?).
If we’ve told you that your tooth will need to get root canal treatment you may be wondering what that entails and why the procedure is necessary. We’re here to tell you why.
A root canal or endodontic treatment is a procedure performed when the dental pulp has become inflamed or infected it and needs to be removed. There are many reasons why a pulp may need to be extracted. If decay has been left untreated it will continue to spread until it has reached the inside of the tooth. Conversely, a dental infection may also be to blame. Furthermore, if you’ve experienced a direct impact on the tooth or a traumatic injury this could also lead to an inflamed pulp.
A damaged pulp will not heal on its own and will cause more severe symptoms if left untreated. This is why getting root canal treatment is imperative for the health of your smile.
So, how do you know when you need root canal treatment?
While you may not always know when this procedure is necessary if you are experiencing a toothache that is persistent or is accompanied by tooth sensitivity this is a major sign that you need to visit our Plantation, FL, general dentist for care. While not all toothaches will require root canal therapy, dental pain of any kind is considered an emergency.
Of course, there are some instances where you won’t experience any symptoms. This is why it’s also important that you visit us very six months for routine cleanings and exams. Once a year we will also perform X-rays to look for signs of decay and other problems that we may not be able to visibly see.
If you are dealing with a persistent toothache or if other symptoms are affecting the way you chew, bite or speak, then it’s time you called Enchanting Dentistry in Plantation, FL, right away to get the proper treatment. Call us today!