It starts with sensitivity to temperature, hot and cold beverages and foods start to trigger your tooth. You probably don't think too much about it since it goes away quickly. The next thing you know you're having more pain, however ibuprofen does the trick in managing it, so again, you don't worry too much. The situation ends with you waking up during the night with a constant toothache, and now your tooth appears to be discolored. Pain, discoloration, and sensitivity are all telltale signs that you might need a root canal in Concord, NH.
Why do I Need a Root Canal?
When a fracture, injury, or decay causes damage to the pulp, or nerve of your tooth you will begin to experience severe and constant pain because your root has become infected. Unfortunately, a dental infection won't go away without treatment. Our dentists will remove the infected tissue from within your tooth from a small hole created in the top. After the infection is removed, it's sealed with a temporary filling and allowed time to heal. Once healing is completed, you'll return to our office for a permanent filling or crown to rebuild your tooth. Root canal therapy helps to preserve a tooth that would otherwise be lost to a dental infection.
How to Prevent Root Canal Therapy
Many root canal procedures can actually be avoided with regular and consistent preventative appointments. We'll screen you for tooth decay at every checkup to detect it in its earliest stages. When your proactive about getting it treated as soon as we find it, a less invasive dental filling may be able to take care the issue. When you visit us every six-months for your routine cleaning and checkup, we can often help you avoid many dental issues like tooth decay and gum disease.
Give us a call today if you or loved one is experiencing dental pain, or if it's time to schedule your next dental appointment.