When most people hear of a root canal, images of undergoing a massive oral surgery may come to mind. However, as one of the most common oral procedures that we perform here at Steven Holbrook’s office, a root canal is nothing to worry about. So, other than by a proper dental examination and x-rays, how can you tell if you need a root canal? Read on to learn more.
Decay Has Reached the Pulp
Your teeth are composed of three layers: the enamel, the dentin, and the pulp. Sometimes if a cavity is left untreated, the decay can reach the deepest part of the tooth (the pulp). If that is the case, you will need to have part of the root or pulp removed with a root canal.
Infection or Abscess
In most instances in which a patient needs a root canal, it’s because an infection or abscess has occurred. During an infection or abscess, the problem will be treated, so it doesn’t spread, and then the pulp or part of the pulp will be removed.
Injury or Trauma
If you were recently injured or in some accident that impacted your tooth, you may need to have a root canal. Sometimes when a patient’s mouth has received extreme trauma, it can reach the inner parts of the tooth which will result in them having to have the pulp removed and then filled.
There are several reasons why you may have to have a root canal. However, the symptoms that you receive will be the first signs. If you are experiencing a lot of pain, swelling, or tenderness around your teeth, gums, and jaw, contact Dr. Steven Holbrook today.
Schedule a Consultation
To learn more about root canals or to schedule an examination, contact our office at (505) 881-1159