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Root Canals In Gainesville, FL

When Is A Root Canal Necessary?

Root canal treatment may be necessary when the tissue within the tooth becomes infected or necrotic. This can be caused by extensive decay, trauma to the tooth, deep fillings, tooth fractures, or periodontal disease. Inside a healthy tooth is soft tissue called pulp. If the pulp becomes inflamed or infected, it requires endodontic treatment to maintain the tooth. Without this procedure, the patient will experience further tooth pain and an abscess. An abscess effects the jaw bones and can become a dental emergency.

5 Symptoms You Need A Root Canal

1. Throbbing Pain When Unprovoked Or Biting

The pulp is made of nerves and blood vessels. When it becomes inflamed, these nerves become irritated which cause an increase in pressure and a throbbing pain. If the pain does not go away in a timely manner, the pulp may be irreversibly damaged.

2. Foul Taste In Your Mouth

Once an abscess forms, bacteria located there must survive. While the bacteria does not have constant access to oxygen, it is capable of living off of sulfur, which causes a bitter taste in your mouth.

3. Swelling Of Gums Or Face

The bacteria that forms in an abscess can transfer to the surrounding gums or bone which causes them to swell.

4. Prolonged Sensitivity To Hot Or Cold

An infected tooth can cause the appearance of cracks in the tooth’s enamel or tubes from the layer below the enamel. The material that lays beneath the enamel is sensitive to temperature changes; therefore, when cold or hot food and beverages come into contact with the tooth, you feel pain.

5. Dark-Colored Tooth

When a tooth becomes a different color, it is indicative that the pulp has degenerated. This is often seen when teeth are traumatized and may happen long after the initial trauma.

Root Canal In Gainesville, FL
Most patients find that root canal treatment is no more uncomfortable than a filling dental procedure. The process consists of drilling an access hole through the infected tooth to remove the tissue and clean and shape the root canal system removing the infected pulp. Once the tooth is asymptomatic, the canals will then be filled with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. After root canal treatment, the tooth must be properly restored to ensure it’s completely sealed. In many instances, even after receiving a dental filling, a full coverage crown is necessary to prevent the tooth from fracturing. Other teeth may only require a filling. Patients report no pain during the procedure followed by some pain afterward, which can be treated with over the counter pain medication.