Causes of Root Canal Problems
By Highland Dental
October 08, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Root Canal  

Wondering whether or not your dental problems need root canal treatment?

Need a root canal? Have a family member that needs a root canal? Dealing with a toothache and wondering if a root canal is on the horizon? Root canal therapy is one of the most common dental procedures our Smyrna, GA, dentist Dr. Michael Nguyen performs. While there is a lot of misinformation out there about root canals, we are here to explain why they are performed and how to know whether you might need one.

Why are root canals performed?

A root canal is a classic endodontic procedure, which simply means that our Smyrna GA dentist will need to go inside the tooth to treat the problem. There is a wide range of reasons why your dentist may recommend a root canal. Some of these include:

  • Widespread and severe decay
  • A cracked or chipped tooth
  • An infection within the tooth
  • Issues with a faulty crown or filling
  • A tooth that has undergone multiple dental procedures
  • Traumatic injury to the tooth (e.g. sports; car accident)

It all boils down to the dental pulp, a structure that lies inside the tooth. If bacteria get inside the tooth and infect the pulp, the only option is to perform a root canal to remove the pulp before the bacteria continues to spread or turns into an abscess (a serious dental infection that can damage bone, teeth, and tissue).

Do I need a root canal?

Sometimes you won’t experience any symptoms or changes at all. This is why visiting the dentist for routine checkups twice a year is a must for everyone. We can catch these problems that may otherwise go undetected, and we can all agree that the sooner we catch the problem and treat it, the better!

Of course, it’s also important to come into our office right away if you do experience any of these symptoms of an infected or inflamed dental pulp:

  • A sudden, severe toothache
  • Pain that gets worse when chewing or putting pressure on the tooth
  • Intense, lingering tooth sensitivity to extreme temperatures or sugar
  • Swollen, tender gums around the tooth
  • A tooth that suddenly turns dark (a sign of tissue death within the tooth)

If you still have questions about getting a root canal, our Smyrna, GA, dental team is here to answer your questions and assuage your concerns. Don’t hesitate to call Highland Dental at (678) 305-9916 to talk to Dr. Michael Nguyen.