How to Tell If You Need a Root Canal

Are you experiencing tooth pain and worrying that you’ll need a root canal? While there could be a variety of explanations for your toothache, there are some warning signs to look out for that could indicate you need root canal therapy.

In this blog post, we take a look at some of these signs along with the root canal therapy process at Southwest Smiles in Austin, TX.

Reasons for a Root Canal

A root canal may be the best treatment if you have a damaged or infected tooth pulp. The pulp is a soft bundle of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. While it is important for the growth of a developing tooth, a grown tooth can survive without it.

The damaged and inflamed tissue is removed and the inside of your tooth is cleaned. The area is then filled and sealed with a special material to protect your tooth. Depending on your tooth’s strength, you may also need a dental crown. Don’t worry–anesthetic will render your root canal treatment painless! However, you may experience some soreness afterwards.

How a Tooth Pulp Can Become Damaged

If a weakened area of tooth enamel is not remineralized and strengthened early, it will become a hole in the tooth called a cavity. This permanent damage allows bacteria to access the inner layers of your tooth, which can result in an infection.

The pulp can also become compromised if you sustain an injury to your tooth, such as a chip, broken crown, or another type of trauma.

Signs of Root Infection

Warning signs that indicate you may need root canal therapy include:

  • Intense toothache when chewing or biting
  • Lingering sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Bad breath
  • Having a bad taste in your mouth
  • Pimples on the gums
  • Gums that are dark, swollen, or tender

At Southwest Smiles, we can evaluate your affected tooth and gums to determine if you need a root canal or if another procedure can alleviate your pain.

How to Protect Your Teeth

The best way to prevent the need for root canal treatment is to:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time
  • Floss your teeth every day
  • Maintain a balanced diet with plenty of fiber, protein, and essential vitamins and minerals
  • Wear a mouthguard if you play contact sports or grind your teeth
  • Avoid tobacco products
  • Visit Southwest Smiles at least twice a year for routine cleanings and examinations

Affordable Root Canal Treatment in Austin, TX

Southwest Smiles proudly offers a range of comprehensive dental services at our state-of-the-art dental office in Austin, TX. We also accept a variety of affordable payment options.

If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity or a severe toothache, please contact us right away!

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