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Common Symptoms of Tooth Decay and How a Root Canal Can Help

Symptoms of Tooth Decay

Dental decay can develop when plaque generates acid, which accumulates on your teeth. When food debris is allowed to pile up, it can result in further issues like dental caries (perforations in the enamel), periodontitis, or a tooth abscess (an infection at the base of the teeth).

Tooth Decay Symptoms

Many times, people do not feel pain even when they have decay in a tooth. And because there are no symptoms, some people never address the problem. However, if you have dental cavities, you may have:

  • Toothache – either constant pain that keeps you awake or periodic intense pain with no specific cause. There are instances when patients experience pain only a few times, but that does not mean decay is gone.
  • Tooth sensitivity – you may experience soreness or pain while consuming items that are hot, chilly, or sugary.
  • The teeth develop gray, brown, or dark stains.
  • The breath becomes foul and dry.
  • An unpleasant taste always lingers in the mouth.
  • Teeth that are brittle and broken

However, self-diagnosis is a poor technique that might result in tooth extraction if there is a delay in expert diagnosis. 

As a result, having timely root canal treatment in Chandler can help patients prevent further complications and keep your healthy smile bright and safe. Read on to know how to determine whether your symptoms demand a root canal.

First things first, your dentist in Chandler is the person who can determine if you need a root canal treatment. They will consider all the symptoms and listen to your issues; they will apply a series of specialized procedures and determine whether you need a root canal treatment in Chandler.

What Is a Root Canal Treatment?

The dental treatment is intended to remove infectious cells and relieve tooth pain. Root canals contain blood vessels that provide nutrition to teeth and detect various sensory stimuli, such as temperature and pressure.  Advanced dental caries cause pulpal inflammation and pain, therefore, one of the essential phases of root canal treatment is nerve removal.

There are several signs that you may require a root canal:

  • Severe discomfort during chewing or swallowing
  • Pimple on the gums.
  • A broken or fractured tooth.
  • Even after the discomfort is gone, there is persistent sensitivity to heat or cold.
  • Gums become swollen or painful. Ulceration, discoloration, or deterioration of the gums.
  • Tooth pain that prevents one from sleeping
  • Spontaneous discomfort, for instance, while watching TV

How does a Root Canal Treatment in Chandler save your tooth?

How a Root Canal Can Help

Your dentist will remove the inflamed or diseased pulp, then gently clean and contour the interior of the root canal before filling and sealing the canal space. Following that, they will fit a crown or other replacement on the tooth to preserve it and regain full functionality again. The tooth can be used normally after the procedure.

A root canal is a type of restorative treatment. Most patients who have had the surgery done can enjoy the benefits for a lifetime. However, the persistence of the benefits depends upon how well you take care of your teeth.

Written by Dr. Silverman

Dr. Silverman is the co-founder of Peace of Mind Dental, a Chandler Arizona, general dentistry practice.