A 2019 survey showed that more than half of all participants greatly fear having a root canal, according to the American Association of Endodontists. A root canal is a restorative tooth-saving procedure performed by specially trained dental professionals called endodontists.
During a root canal, the diseased or damaged pulp of your tooth — in the center of your tooth, which houses the tooth’s nerve — is removed. Your endodontist then cleans the remaining space, fills it, and seals it off. This saves the tooth itself so you don’t have to have it removed.
At Endodontic Consultants of San Antonio, Rick Davis, DDS, and Rick Schwartz, DDS, diagnose, treat, restore, and care for teeth that are in pain, infected, or compromised from injury or decay. In this blog, they outline the top signs that you may need endodontic surgery.
A tooth that’s infected becomes very sensitive to hot and cold foods and drinks and responds by throbbing with pain long after it’s been exposed.
If you regularly drink dark beverages or smoke cigarettes, it’s expected that you might have some darkening of your teeth. However, if one tooth suddenly turns dark and you also have pain when you chew, it’s a sign that your tooth has an active and spreading infection.
A tooth in trouble sounds the alarm with persistent pain. Even before the pain becomes intense, you may notice that your tooth hurts with even gentle pressure.
When bacteria collects in the pulp of your tooth due to a periodontal disease, cracks in your tooth, cavities, or a failed root canal, infection builds and turns into an abscess, resulting in foul-smelling pus drainage from the area. Left untreated, the infection can fester and spread and jeopardize your overall health.
If your tooth is hurting but an X-ray doesn’t reveal the problem, our team performs exploratory diagnostic surgery to determine and repair the problem.
We understand that you may be anxious about undergoing endodontic surgery. In addition to completely numbing the tooth, we offer sedation options to help you relax during your procedure. We use the most advanced tools, techniques, and technology to put you at ease while we work to eradicate the problem that’s causing you so much discomfort.
When you have a troublesome tooth, we can help save it. Turn to our compassionate team at Endodontic Consultants of San Antonio for skilled care. Don’t delay treatment that can help you feel better. Call now, or book your appointment online.