A root canal is an extremely popular treatment used to fix and save a severely damaged or infected tooth. The treatment includes eliminating the infected area of the tooth, cleaning and disinfecting it and saving it with a filling. Root canal term is basically related to the cleaning of the canals within the tooth’s root.
Do you need a root canal treatment?
Well, there are various ways to figure out whether or not you need a root canal treatment. You may need a root canal treatment if you have:
- Enduring pain and sensitivity to hot or cold drinks and foods
- A broken, decayed, cracked or loosened tooth
- Spontaneous, sharp and acute pain that is hard to evaluate and might be because of the formation of an abscess or infected pulp at the tip of the root.
- Darkening or discoloration of the tooth
- Dull ache and pressure
- Pain widens to the ear, temples or jaw areas.
- Persistent or a recurring pimple on the gums that may discharge pus causing bad odor or taste
- A serious toothache when touching, chewing or biting the tooth because of the infection or inflammation of the root tip and on applying pressure on its socket annoys the root area.
- Tenderness and swelling of the gums near the infected tooth.
- Swelling of the face.
Diagnosis of root canal treatment
There are several steps we perform to determine if you need root canal treatment and these will involve:
- Looking for any signs that you may need the treatment
- Check the condition of both tooth and gum around it and for any other dental treatment performed on it before
- Evaluate the tissues and nerves of the tooth and the surrounding area by putting hot and cold substances on it
- Tap on the tooth gently or have you bite on something to find out if the tooth is sensitive to touch or pressure
- Take X-rays of the tooth and the bone around the tooth to show how the treatment will be done
- Use an electronic pulp tester that sends a small amount of electric current via the tooth to evaluate whether the pulp is still alive or not.