is it time for a root canal

Is it Time for a Root Canal?

PGA Smiles General Dentistry

is it time for a root canalPalm Beach Gardens and Jupiter, Florida

Root canals are a popular treatment to save a tooth that has sustained extensive tooth decay, or that is infected. There are other reasons why a root canal may be necessary. While some instances result in symptoms, others do not. Here are common reasons why you may need a root canal in Palm Beach Gardens.

Pain can often be an indicator that a root canal is necessary.

However, the following symptoms may mean that a root canal is in your future:

  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Swelling, tenderness of the gums
  • Pain in the tooth when it is touched
  • Discomfort around the infected tooth
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Infected nerve inside the tooth
  • Cracked or broken tooth
  • Prior treatment that is failing

Only a thorough assessment by a dentist can determine whether your symptoms that you experience may warrant a root canal. If you experience any of the above symptoms, you should contact your dentist in Palm Beach Gardens to schedule a consultation for an evaluation. A damaged tooth that needs a root canal will only get worse with time, causing you unnecessary pain or discomfort. Thankfully, routine dental checkups and cleanings can usually identify issues such as failing dental work, a cracked tooth, or decay in the beginning stages before it gets worse, which may help you avoid the need for a root canal.

During your examination, the dentist will assess your oral health and the specific tooth that is giving you problems. Diagnostic data such as digital X-rays may also be necessary to see below the gum line and assess the condition of the jawbone and the tooth’s root. Often, the infection will show up on an X-ray. Gentle probing of the tooth and the areas around the surrounding area will allow the dentist to determine if any discomfort arises, which helps to isolate the problem tooth. If the tooth is in fact infected, you may need to take a prescribed antibiotic for a few days before any treatment can take place. Otherwise, it may be difficult to get numb with an active infection. In the meantime, try to get some rest until your visit for your procedure.

A root canal involves removing the tooth’s pulp, which is the interior blood supply and nerves from inside of the tooth’s root. The interior of the tooth is thoroughly sanitized, and then filled with a special filling to help strengthen the tooth’s roots. A dental crown is usually recommended as means of strengthening the tooth above the gum line. Without a dental crown, the tooth is susceptible to damage or breaking. Once the permanent porcelain crown is placed over the tooth, your tooth should be as good as new, and without the pain and discomfort that you experienced before.

Root Canal Treatment in Palm Beach Gardens

If you believe that you may need a root canal, contact us at PGA Smiles today by calling (561) 627-7090 to schedule a consultation.

PGA Smiles is proud to provide oral health care to patients in the areas of Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens in south Florida.