Signs You Need a Root Canal
April 09, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

It’s important that you don’t ignore these classic warning signs.root canal

Sure, we know that the last thing you want to face is dental problems, but sadly they can happen to anyone. Isn’t it better that you have a dentist in Midtown Manhattan, NY, like our very own Dr. Brandon Huang that you can turn to when you start noticing changes or symptoms that are disconcerting and troublesome? We think so!

Unfortunately one of the most commonly performed dental treatments—root canal therapy—gets a bad rap; however, it could just end up saving your tooth from needing to be extracted. Find out the common warning signs that you may need to get root canal treatment.

What is root canal therapy?

The purpose of this procedure is to treat and preserve as much of a tooth after an infection, decay, or trauma as possible. When an infection or decay breaks through the hard outer layers of the tooth (known as the enamel and dentin layers) it can infect or damage the dental pulp, a fleshy mass made up of connective tissue, blood vessels, and nerves.

Once the pulp has been infected or inflamed the only option is for our Midtown Manhattan general dentist to remove the pulp before the infection or damage continues to spread. This procedure is performed right here in our office under local anesthesia so you won’t feel a thing.

What are the signs that I need a root canal?

It’s important to note that not everyone will experience symptoms, which is why you should continue to visit your dentist for routine checkups every six months no matter what’s going on. You may not even realize that you are dealing with decay, gum disease, or an infection until you come in for a checkup and the sooner we catch a dental problem the better.

However, sometimes an infected dental pulp can cause issues for the sufferer. These are classic signs that you might need a root canal:

  • Dental pain (the pain may get worse when chewing or biting down on the tooth)
  • Lingering tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Sudden darkening of a tooth
  • Tender or sore gums around the tooth
  • A pimple-like growth on the gums near the affected tooth

If you are experiencing any of these issues above then it’s important that you immediately call New York Dental Studio, located in Midtown Manhattan, NY. We will make sure that you receive the care you deserve so you are smiling again in no time.