Why Could You Need Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy or endodontic treatment is required when the pulp inside the tooth becomes infected. The inflammation can be caused by a variety of factors: deep decay, multiple procedures performed on the tooth or a crack/chip in the tooth that goes untreated. A tooth that has been fractured can cause pulp damage even if it is not directly visible. If an infection goes untreated for a long period of time, you will experience pain and ultimately it leads to an abscess. Root canal therapy (RCT) is recommended to avoid/ prevent a tooth from being extracted and maintain the integrity of your smile and bone.
Signs of Needing Root Canal Therapy
Some of the signs you should look out for in regard to needing root canal therapy is the following:
- Prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
- Tenderness to chewing or touch
- Discoloration of the affected tooth
- Swelling, drainage, and tenderness in lymph nodes
- Swelling of nearby bone and gum tissues
Keep in mind that sometimes there are no immediate symptoms, which is why it is important to receive a regular oral exam from your dentist to detect such dental issues.