By Jennifer L. McCoy, DDS, Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
December 22, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Find out when a root canal might be necessary to maintain the health of your smile.

There has been a throbbing in your tooth and you’re not sure what’s going on. It looks fine, so you want to just ignore it and hope it goes away, but this would be a bad idea. A toothache can be a sign that you need a root canal. When this problem arises, our Lawrenceville, GA, dentists Dr. Jennifer McCoy and Dr. Katherine Copeland are here to provide the immediate treatment you need to feel better fast.

Why is a root canal performed?

The tooth is made up of a harder outer layer known as enamel, which is designed to protect the rest of the tooth from damage; however, sometimes bacteria can get in through a crack or decay in the outer layers of the tooth, which can then infect the dental pulp. Once the pulp has been damaged, the only way to stop it from getting worse is for our Lawrenceville, GA, dental team to perform a root canal as soon as possible to remove the pulp and to disinfect the inside of the tooth.

What can infect or inflame the dental pulp?

One of the most common causes of an inflamed or infected pulp is a cavity. Other causes of pulpitis include,

  • Direct impact or injury to the tooth
  • A cracked or fractured tooth that exposes the pulp chamber
  • Repeat trauma to the tooth often caused by teeth grinding

What are the warning signs of an infected dental pulp?

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of an infected dental pulp is important so that you know when to seek proper dental care from our Lawrenceville, GA, dentists. Here are just some of the common signs that you may need to undergo root canal therapy,

  • An intense, throbbing toothache
  • A toothache that gets worse when putting pressure on the tooth
  • Localized swelling of the gums around the tooth
  • Sudden tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
  • The development of an abscess (a bump on the gums that is a sign of infection)
  • Darkening or graying of the tooth

Is there any alternative to root canal treatment?

We know that the idea of getting a root canal or any dental procedure isn’t appealing, but it’s important to have this procedure performed to maintain the health of your tooth and your oral health. A root canal is often the most conservative approach, as it allows us to remove the source of the problem while still preserving the natural tooth.

While some people may choose to extract the tooth, this alternative is often more time-consuming and expensive in the long run since they will then need to replace the missing tooth with a bridge or implant after its extracted. A root canal is a simple procedure that can be completed in just a couple of hours and it will save your natural tooth.

It’s important that you never ignore dental pain, especially since it could mean that you need a root canal. Our Lawrenceville and Suwanee, GA, dental team is here to provide you with the same-day care you require when toothaches and other serious issues happen. Call us right away at (770) 963-2424 and (678) 269-4910.