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Signs You May Need a Root Canal

How a root canal from your dentist in Trenton, MI, can relieve your dental pain and save your smile

Did you know that a root canal can save your smile? It’s true because root canal therapy can permanently eliminate tooth pain, without you losing your tooth. Now, you don’t have to have a tooth removed because of painful dental decay or severe tooth damage. Root canal treatment allows you to keep a severely compromised tooth, and keep your whole smile.

Dr. Nicholas Booker of Booker Family Dentistry in Trenton, MI, offers a wide range of family dentistry services, including root canal therapy to relieve your dental pain and save your smile.

Sometimes tooth pain can go away, but usually, it gets worse, often resulting in the need for either a filling, dental crown, or a root canal, depending on the severity of the damage.

So, how do you know if you may need a root canal? There are several signs and symptoms you need to pay attention to, including:

  • Throbbing pain and pressure in a tooth that never goes away
  • Sharp, stabbing pain when you bite down
  • Pain that increases when your tooth is exposed to hot or cold foods or beverages
  • A red or white bump appears next to a tooth root
  • Drainage coming from the bump on your gums

Your dentist will take an x-ray of the root of your painful tooth to determine if the tooth is infected, a condition known as an abscess. If you do need a root canal, your dentist will create a small opening on the top of your tooth.

The infected inner tissue of your tooth, known as the pulp, is drawn out through the opening. A sedative material is then placed in your tooth. This material dries up the fluid inside your tooth, eliminating the pressure and the pain.

When your pain is totally gone, the sedative material is removed and replaced with an inert material that is left inside your tooth. The small opening is filled in with a permanent filling, and your root canal treatment is complete.

There are many reasons why you might need a root canal, from tooth decay to tooth trauma, to grinding your teeth at night. No matter what leads you to root canal treatment, a root canal is a right answer to eliminating dental pain without removing your tooth.

To find out more about how a root canal can relieve your dental pain and save your smile, call Dr. Nicholas Booker of Booker Family Dentistry in Trenton, MI, at (734) 675-5700. Call today! 

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