Ouch! Having a toothache is unpleasant, to say the least, and it's even worse when you're not sure what's causing it or how to make it stop. If you've had dental pain for a few days with no relief in sight, you may need a root canal from Dr. John Isbrandt, your dentist in St. Charles, IL. Rather than wondering why your teeth are causing you discomfort, arm yourself with information that will help you make good decisions about your dental health. Dr. Isbrandt explains the signs that a root canal could be the answer to your problems!
Why do I need a root canal?
The solid outside layers of your teeth protect the pulp, a soft tissue that surrounds blood vessels and nerves, that is located inside each tooth. A cavity that has gone unnoticed or an accident that has broken the tooth, however, can leave this area vulnerable to infection. When this happens, a root canal from your St. Charles dentist will remove the damaged tissue and replace it with a rubber filling that keeps the hollow tooth strong and stable. A porcelain or metal crown covers up the outer damage to the tooth and adds another layer of protection.
How can I tell if I need a root canal?
There are some ways that an infection inside a tooth will make itself known, and it's important to know the signs so you can get treatment from your St. Charles dentist right away. Lingering sensitivity to hot or cold stimuli is often the first indication that something is wrong; that's because the nerves inside your teeth are no longer insulated from extreme temperatures. Breakage can also produce a sharp pain when you're chewing due to the outside of the tooth shifting against the inside. If a blister or open sore forms on the gum tissue near the affected tooth, this is a clear sign that you need to be seen by a dentist right away.
The best way to prevent toothaches - and root canals! - is to stay current with your checkups at Dean Street Dental in St. Charles, IL. If you need a cleaning, or you think you might require a root canal or other dental procedure, call us now to schedule an appointment with Dr. Isbrandt!