A root canal is needed when the tissue inside the root canal is inflamed or infected. This infection is usually caused by bacteria, a crack, or an injury. Root canals are one of the most common procedures done today, and help to restore a tooth back to a healthy state.
Many patients may experience symptoms that something is wrong. In some cases patients may not have any symptoms at all. This is why it is important to attend your regularly scheduled appointments in our office. Our team will help to evaluate your teeth, and ensure all looks well and there is no sign of decay or infection. If an infection is left untreated, more serious conditions can develop, so we recommend any issues be addressed immediately.
Symptoms of needing a root canal:
- Pain around or in the tooth area
- Tooth discoloration
- Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold
- Tooth injury
- Pain while chewing food
- Swelling in or around the tooth or gums
- Jaw feels tender to the touch.
Recovery after a crown is minimal, and patients can return to normal activity shortly after the procedure. Patients may have some swelling or tenderness, but this should subside after a few days. We recommend to practice good oral hygiene habits to keep your teeth looking and feeling healthy. This helps to keep your teeth free of bacteria that can lead to an infection. Root canals can last a lifetime if you care for your teeth and use good oral hygiene habits.
If you are interested in finding out more about our root canal procedures, contact Generations Family Dentistry today to schedule your appointment.