When Do I Need a Root Canal?

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How do you know when you need a root canal? Sometimes, it’s painfully obvious. If you feel constant and severe pain and pressure in your mouth, or noticeable swelling and extreme sensitivity in your gums, then it’s clear you need an evaluation and treatment right away.

Another telltale symptom of pulp tissue damage, which is what requires a root canal, is sharp pain when you bite down on food. Lingering pain after eating hot or cold foods is also an indication of potential trouble. If you notice any of these symptoms, you need to have an examination as soon as possible.

Hillsboro dentist, Dr. Michael Negru wants to reassure you that root canals are not a painful procedure. Modern advances in dental technology have made root canals relatively painless.

What Causes The Need for a Root Canal?

A root canal occurs when part of the tooth’s soft tissue, also known as pulp, gets inflamed from infection. Oftentimes, this arises from tooth decay or cavities within the tooth that don’t get dental attention.

Other dental problems can eventually lead to needing a root canal. If your teeth have chips or cracks, the exposed enamel can become infected. Sometimes

Another path by which bacteria may come into contact with pulp is via chipped or cracked teeth. Any opening in the protective enamel coating also has the potential to allow bacteria access to the tooth’s pulp.  An abscessed tooth can also be the cause of needing a root canal.

Somtimes an accident where your teeth get damaged could also lead to the tooth being susceptible to bacteria, so be sure to have our dentists evaluate your teeth if that happens.

It’s important to seek immediate care if you think you have any of the symptoms mentioned above.  If you think you need a root canal and want more information on how we use the latest technology during our root canals contact Bright Smile Dental Care. Dr. Michael Negru and his team treat patients Beaverton, Oregon area. Call us at 503-848-3606 today.

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