Signs You May Need a Root Canal
Could a root canal be in your future?
Sure, no one likes hearing the word “root canal”; however, this procedure has saved countless teeth from the perils of an extraction. Of course, we also know that no one wants to lose a tooth if they can prevent it, and root canal therapy can often preserve your natural smile for the long run. Our Midtown Manhattan dentist, Dr. Kara Mason, can tell you why you might need a root canal and why it’s really nothing to fear.
Why is a root canal performed?
Underneath those hard layers of your tooth (known as the enamel and dentin layers) is a small structure that lies inside your tooth. This soft-tissue structure made up of nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels is known as the dental pulp. The dental pulp is instrumental in the development of a tooth; however, once the tooth has fully developed the pulp is no longer necessary for the health and integrity of the tooth.
Unfortunately, there are issues that arise that can affect the health of the dental pulp. Damage to the tooth as well as decay can be severe enough to allow bacteria to infect the dental pulp. Once the pulp is infected or inflamed it will need to be removed. The removal of the dental pulp is the main goal of root canal therapy.
What are the warning signs?
So, what could your smile be trying to tell you? Could it be trying to let you know that you need a root canal? You may need to get a root canal in Midtown Manhattan if you re dealing with any of these issues:
- A crack or hole in your tooth
- A toothache that gets worse when chewing or putting pressure on the tooth
- Sudden tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
- Swelling or tenderness of the gums around the tooth
- An abscess on the gums
- Facial swelling
None of these symptoms should go ignored, as dental problems never clear up on their own (they will always require proper dental treatment). The sooner you seek care from our NYC general dentist the better.
Do you have questions about getting a root canal? Are you experiencing dental pain or other symptoms in Midtown Manhattan, and need a dental expert who will be able to treat your problems effectively? If so, call GentleDentalNYC right away at (212) 355-2195.