What your dentist in Eau Claire, WI wants you to know
You may have heard a lot about root canals, and now your tooth hurts. So, do you need a root canal, or can you get by with a simple filling? That’s a good question, and Dr. Christopher Poss in Eau Claire, WI wants to share the signs of when you may need a root canal.
You may need a root canal if your tooth is deeply decayed, down into the inside of the tooth, an area called the pulp chamber. You may also need a root canal if your tooth has been traumatized or broken from an accident or injury, causing damage to the nerves and blood supply within your tooth.
So, how do you know if you need a root canal? You should pay attention to these important signs and symptoms:
- Swelling, bleeding or drainage near the root of a tooth
- A red or white bump near the root of a tooth
- Pain that gets worse after a filling is placed
- Pain that increases when a tooth is exposed to hot or cold
- Chronic stabbing or aching pain
- Pain that radiates into other areas of your face or jaws
It’s also important to know that teeth can die naturally on their own, without any noticeable signs or symptoms. All you may notice is a tooth darkening or turning gray compared to the teeth next to it.
The only way to know for sure if you need a root canal is to visit your dentist. Dr. Poss will take state-of-the-art digital x-rays and perform temperature and vitality testing to see if the inside of your tooth is diseased, infected or beginning to die.
If you do need a root canal, don’t worry. Dr. Poss is committed to providing the most comfortable root canal treatment possible. He will remove the diseased tissue inside your tooth and replace it with an inert material, sealing the tooth with a filling or dental crown.
Root canal treatment typically requires between two and three appointments, depending on the degree of infection and how long it takes for painful symptoms to resolve.
Don’t suffer from tooth pain when root canal therapy can save your tooth and eliminate your pain. For more information about root canal therapy and other restorative or cosmetic procedures call your dentist, Dr. Poss in Eau Claire, WI today!