What is a Root Canal and When is it Necessary?
By Dr. Kondoff
February 07, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

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Have you been woken up in the middle of the night by a gnawing pain in your tooth? If so, then you could be dealing with an infected or inflamed dental pulp. If this is the case only a root canal will truly be able to get rid of the source of your pain and prevent the tooth from further damage. Our Virginia Beach, VA, dentists Dr. Ron Kondoff is here to tell you the common signs and symptoms that may require you to get root canal treatment and why this procedure is important.

Why is a root canal necessary?

Sure, we completely understand that no one wants to undergo a dental procedure; however, sometimes issues arise that warrant it. As you might already know, problems such as decay, a dental infection and even trauma to the tooth can spread below the hard outer layers to affect the dental pulp. Once the dental pulp is infected the only choice is to have it removed, otherwise the bacteria will continue to spread to neighboring teeth and bone, causing more serious and long-term damage.

What are some telltale signs that I need a root canal?

Unfortunately, not everyone will experience symptoms, which is why coming in to visit your Virginia Beach general dentist twice a year for cleanings and exams is the best way to detect problems that you don’t notice.

Of course, it’s also important that you don’t let these symptoms go ignored:

  • A toothache
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Gum tenderness, redness or swelling around the tooth
  • A bump or pimple-like growth on the gums near the tooth
  • Tooth darkening or discoloration

A toothache is of the most common symptoms that something is wrong. The dental pulp contains nerves, so it’s the reason why you are experiencing that throbbing, aching and relentless pain. Of course, the only way to remove the pain is to remove its source. In this case, by removing a dental pulp we can eliminate that horrible pain and also preserve your tooth. Without a root canal, bacteria or damage will continue to get worse until the only option is to have the tooth removed.

Experiencing troublesome symptoms? Don’t worry; our Virginia Beach, VA, dentists are here to provide you with the immediate dental care you need when problems surface. Call our office right away.

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