If you're suffering from the pain of a toothache, you might think that your only option for relief is to have it pulled. But you have a chance to get that tooth back in good shape with root canal treatment at Omni Dental in San Diego, CA. Find out more about the signs that you may need a root canal, and what you can expect at the appointment with your dentist.
What Is a Root Canal?
Root canal therapy is an endodontic treatment that targets the center of a decaying tooth. When tooth decay spreads to the inner canals of a tooth, your dentist must quickly stop the progression by removing the bad tissue and eliminating all traces of bad bacteria. After the bad tissue is gone, there's an opportunity for the tooth to heal and become strong again.
What Are Some Signs That a Root Canal Is Necessary?
For many people, the first sign that a root canal is necessary is severe tooth pain. Oftentimes the pain starts gradually and gets worse with time. In other cases, tooth pain happens all of a sudden—usually due to some kind of direct trauma to the tooth. Here are a few other possible signs that you should see your San Diego, CA, dentist to ask if root canal treatment is needed:
- Unexplained mouth odors that are strong and persistent.
- Black holes or marks on the teeth.
- Extreme sensitivity to cold and hot foods or drinks.
Root Canal Benefits
Though many people associate a root canal with something bad, it actually offers a number of benefits for your dental health. For one, it keeps your tooth firmly positioned in its socket, which helps ensure that your bone tissue stays healthy. It also provides you with long-term relief from the pain that you may have been experiencing for a while.
Make the Call Today
To avoid tooth loss and continued pain, don't wait much longer to have a root canal. Relief is available at Omni Dental in San Diego, CA. Call (619) 224-5000 today to schedule an examination with Dr. Daniel E. Stevens, Dr. Christina Tsang, or Dr. Vahid Tabibzadeh.