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How to Tell if You Need a Root Canal

laughing man sitting on sofa at homeNo matter how well you take care of your teeth, there is always a chance that bacteria can make its way into your teeth. When that happens, you may have to take more serious measures to ensure the safety and well-being of your teeth. In some situations a root canal may be suggested, This dental procedure has been utilized by people all over the world for many years. In this blog, we are going to talk about what root canals are and what problems they address.

What Is a Root Canal? 

All teeth have roots that are anchored to the jawbone. Within these roots are nerves and blood vessels that are transported through canals to the pulp, which is the center of the tooth. The problem arises when bacteria makes its way to the pulp of the tooth, either through a crack in the tooth or if the tooth is decaying. Bacteria can make their way through the roots to the gums, which can cause major toothache.

A root canal procedure can help address this issue. By using local anesthetic and nitrous oxide, a hole is drilled into the tooth and dead pulp and bacteria can be extracted from the tooth. The inside of the tooth is cleaned and the roots that lead down to the base of the tooth and blocked with dental putty. To finish the operation, either a dental crown or dental filling is placed upon the tooth for preservation.

Symptoms of Tooth Infection 

  • Severe throbbing in the tooth that can spread to the jawbone
  • Pain or discomfort with food or drinks that are hot or cold
  • Pain when chewing or biting
  • Swelling in the face or cheeks
  • Bad breath

Get Your Root Canal With Dr. Eggers 

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, you may need a root canal. The treatment can drastically improve your symptoms and ensure the safety and integrity of your teeth. If you are interested in learning if a root canal can benefit you, Dr. Kenneth Eggers in Mount Pleasant, MI is here to provide you with world-class dental care. With nearly 30 years of experience, Dr. Egger has the skills and experience to make sure that your root canal procedure is handled with precision and care. Contact us today at (989) 7773-3560 or visit us online at mountpleasantmidentist.com to schedule your consultation.