Chronic tooth pain or sensitivity could be a sign that you need a root canal. The procedure not only relieves pain but helps you avoid tooth loss. Your Waukesha, WI, dentist, Dr. James Murphy, performs root canal therapy at Proven Dental.
Root canals eliminate the source of your pain
Pain originates in the pulp deep inside your tooth if you need a root canal. The pulp is a soft mass of blood vessels, tissues, and nerves that fill the core of your tooth. Luckily, it's possible to eliminate the infection or inflammation by removing your pulp and replacing it with a filling material during a root canal.
Despite the stories you may have heard, root canals aren't painful. Before the procedure begins, you'll receive a local anesthetic that will keep your mouth numb throughout the entire root canal.
Root canal signs and symptoms
Pain is the most obvious sign that there's something wrong with your tooth. During your visit to your Waukesha dentist's office, he'll determine if your pain is caused by tooth decay or an inflammation or infection in your tooth.
Although an inflammation or infection can cause severe pain, sometimes the pain is mild or can even come or go, at least initially. If you don't see your dentist, the pain may worsen eventually.
Have you noticed that eating seems to worsen your pain? That's not unusual if you have an infection or inflammation in your pulp. Chewing exerts considerable pressure on your teeth and can irritate a problem tooth. Sensitivity to hot, cold, or sugary foods and beverages is also common if you need a root canal. You may notice that your pain increases for as long as 30 minutes after you eat or drink these substances.
If you need a root canal, your tooth may darken or you may notice that the gum around the tooth is painful, inflamed and swollen. Severe, throbbing pain may mean that you have a dental abscess. The bacterial infection is a dental emergency and requires prompt treatment to prevent the bacteria from reaching other areas of your body. Other abscess symptoms include swelling around your jaw, swollen lymph nodes, fever, a bump on your gum, or pus around the tooth.
Do any of these signs and symptoms sound familiar? Call your Waukesha, WI, dentist, Dr. James Murphy of Proven Dental at (262) 650-3000 to schedule an appointment.