Are you experiencing tooth pain? Do you have severe dental decay? If so, you need a root canal procedure to prevent further damage to your tooth. When tooth decay is left untreated, you may experience problems eating and drinking. You will also experience pain or discomfort when anything hot or cold touches the decayed tooth.
What Is a Root Canal?
“Root canal” is a term used to describe the treatment of a tooth that has infected or damaged nerve and pulp. The tooth that needs root canal therapy is typically in bad shape, and the interior of it must be removed and cleaned to prevent the entire tooth from needing to come out.
Your tooth’s nerve does not directly impact the function and appearance of your tooth, so the procedure will not affect the tooth negatively.
Signs Root Canals May Be Needed
It is important to remember that not all symptoms or signs of an infected root canal need to be present. Sometimes, a root canal is needed and you may not even know it. If you are not showing any signs, you may think your tooth is fine.
One of the first indicators that you need to see your Las Cruces dentist, Dr. Reiter, is when your tooth becomes sensitive to hot and cold foods and drinks, as this is a good indication that the nerve is infected and needs to be removed. Some of the other signs include:
- Immense amount of pain near the tooth
- Pain when talking or eating
- Swelling near the gum or the tooth
- Staining of the tooth
Talk to us about a root canal today! If you think you need to have a root canal procedure performed, call the team of dental professionals at Advanced Dental of Las Cruces today at (575) 680-1314.