By Russell Forrest, DDS
October 12, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Find out the telltale symptoms that might be signaling that it’s time to get a root canal.

Are you experiencing dental problems but unsure what’s going on? Want to know when it’s time to seek medical attention from your Topeka, KS family dentist Dr. Russell Forrest? Discover the symptoms that could be telling you that a root canal is in your future.Root Canal

What is a root canal?

This endodontic therapy is performed right here in our office under local anesthesia. A root canal is performed when the pulp or nerve of the tooth has become inflamed or infected and needs to be removed. Decay, infection or a broken tooth are all reasons why the pulp or nerve may be causing issues.

During the procedure your dentist in Topeka, KS will drill through the hard enamel layers to remove the pulp and then seal up the tooth to prevent further complications. In many cases the tooth is then covered over with a dental crown.

What are the symptoms that might indicate that I need a root canal?

While not everyone will experience symptoms, the most common one that people who need root canals often deal with is tooth pain. This pain can be minor while others may experience intense pain. You may notice that the pain comes and goes or that it only occurs when you bite down.

Besides pain, you may also experience sensitivity to extreme temperatures like a hot cup of tea or ice water. Gums around the infected tooth can also become irritated and swollen.

What should I do if I experience any of these problems?

This might seem obvious, but the first thing you ever want to do when you experience tooth pain is to see us. Dental pain is considered an emergency and the sooner you treat the problem the better! Call our office and explain the symptoms you are having. We will have you come into our office right away so we can treat your issue and eliminate your pain.

What should I expect when I come into the office?

When you come in complaining of pain, the first thing we will do is examine the possibly infected tooth and take X-rays. Through these X-rays, we can determine the cause of your symptoms and the best treatment plan. If an infected or inflamed pulp is detected then we may recommend a root canal.

Remember that any symptoms or problems with your smile shouldn’t be ignored. That’s why seeing your dentist in Topeka, KS every six months is the best way to prevent issues from occurring. Call us right away to get the treatment you deserve to preserve your smile.