There are several contributing factors when a person needs a Root Canal. While these telltale signs are not the most pleasant, they should not be ignored if you want to avoid more pain and complications. The most significant reason you might question whether to visit your dentist or not is if you have a throbbing, warm pain that lingers and does not go away. Sensitivity to hot and cold foods is an indicator as well when it does not go away after the hot or cold stimuli is removed. There are many reasons why pain and sensitivity become more noticeable and sometimes unbearable.
Here are three reasons why you might need a root canal.
• Deep Decay: When a cavity is left untreated, the bacteria will eat through healthy tooth enamel and infect the pulp chamber in the root canals, which can cause a warm or hot feeling accompanied by pain. Sometimes the infection can be so great after spreading that there will be swelling near the infected area.
• Grinding: Constant grinding and clenching will cause cracks in a tooth and open a path for bacteria to travel down to the roots, infecting the soft tissue or pulp and causing them to become inflamed and needing treatment. In the case of teeth grinding, the wear and tear causes tooth enamel (the protective layer on teeth) to thin and sometimes expose dentin, the layer beneath it.
• Old Filling: An old filling might be another entry point for bacteria to enter and infect the pulp chamber. Constant use of our teeth may cause a filling to fall out leaving the tooth and its decay exposed and vulnerable.
Whether a cavity, constant grinding or an old filling is the culprit for your pain, one thing is for sure! You are going to want to get rid of the pain as soon as possible. Call our office today408-358-8777 for a consultation.