At Palm Springs Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we will perform a root canal on a case by case basis. If a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected, it may require a root canal to repair and save the tooth. Usually the tissue around the tooth has become inflamed and there is sensitivity.
A tooth’s nerve is not vitally important to a tooth’s health and function after the tooth has emerged through the gums. Its only function is sensory — to provide the sensation of hot or cold. The presence or absence of a nerve may not affect the day-to-day functioning of the tooth, however in some cases a crown is necessary for added strength.
Although there may be symptoms, there are times when no symptoms are present and it is discovered at your regular check up.
Signs you may need a root canal include:
- Severe pain when chewing or application of pressure
- Prolonged sensitivity/pain even after the hot or cold has been removed
- Tooth discoloration or darkening
- Nearby gums are swollen and/or tender
- A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums
Root Canal Prevention
A common cause for the inflammation is deep decay, repeated dental procedures on a tooth and/or large fillings. A practice of good oral hygiene like brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and keeping up your regular dental visits may reduce the need for a root canal procedure. Trauma to the tooth say from a sports injury is also a possible cause for a root canal. Using a mouth guard consistently may help to reduce the risk for the injury.