How To Be Sure It’s A Root Canal

When you call in for an emergency appointment, you are doing so in hopes of having immediate dental treatment. Often times only preliminary treatment is given during an emergency appointment, but it is important to be aware of your options. When a root canal treatment is needed, you will most likely spend more money than you anticipated, and you will have to go back more than once; it is good if you can prepare for this in advance. Here are some of the symptoms that let you know that a root canal treatment is most likely going to be necessary.

The Tooth

Certain teeth are much more likely to need a root canal treatment than others. If a tooth has been filled before, and starts acting up, particularly if the pain is very deep, you can be sure that a root canal treatment will be needed. In these cases, it is often the case that the tooth was either never fully cured of the infection it harbored, or that the tooth has deteriorated around the fillings. Sadly this can happen, despite the best efforts of dentists worldwide. 

Molars are much more likely to need a root canal treatment than front teeth. Sensitivity in the molars may not be noticed for longer, allowing for bacterial infections to go on for longer, meaning that the bacteria have more time to burrow deeper into the tooth. Molars also come into contact with food more, as you bite with front teeth, but chew up the food in the back, and they are harder to reach, too, and often times remain unflossed. 

The Pain

A sharp periodically appearing pain is usually a sign of dentine hypersensitivity. A dull, nagging, deep, constant pain is the kind that means that the nerve is already under attack, and this is the type that will warrant a root canal treatment. The other thing to look for when speaking of sensitivity is whether or not it is sensitive to hot or cold. If cold makes it go, then probably everything is okay, but if warm sensations cause the tooth to ache, you can be almost sure that a root canal treatment will be needed.

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