How to Know When You Need a Root Canal

The root canal. The dreaded procedure. Nobody wants to think about it, but the truth of the matter is, they unfortunately happen. We want to help you become aware of the signs and symptoms associated with root canals so that if the situation arises, you’ll be prepared. Let’s keep that smile healthy, so here’s some things you should know:

The root canal procedure actually helps to repair and save your tooth. When a tooth gets injured and infected, or a large cavity damages your tooth’s root, that’s when you need a root canal to come to the rescue.

Here are some common symptoms associated with root canals:

• Severe pain while chewing
• Swollen and red gums
• Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold
• Bad breath
• Discharge from your gums

These symptoms are typically symptoms of a tooth infection. If you leave it untreated, the infection could potentially spread to the rest of your teeth leaving you in severe chronic pain, and possibly even tooth loss.

Root canals get a bad rap, but at Bonaventure Dental, we make the root canal process painless. With local anesthesia and some mild sedatives, you’ll be comfortable while getting back that flawless smile of yours.

The root canal procedure involves making a small hole near the root, where your dentist will clean and sanitize the area to protect your tooth. A crown and filling material will then create a barrier against bacteria, so you can get back your pretty pearly whites.

It’s important to remember to be mindful of your mouth, and if you find yourself experiencing any of these symptoms, be sure to call your dentist. At Bonaventure Dental, we can diagnose your dental pain and work to relieve it all in the same day. With extended office hours and compassionate expert dental care, we’ll get your smile up and running again in no time.