Many people have heard horror stories about root canals and refuse to get the treatment. However, if you truly do need to have a root canal treatment, it’s important that you don’t let this go undone for an extended period of time. While finding out that you need a root canal may not be the most pleasant news, our staff at Bronitsky Family Dentistry aims to provide you with the care you need for the best treatment possible.
Why Is A Root Canal Necessary?
To you, your smile may be something that is just made up of your teeth and gums. However, deep below your teeth are individual pathways that connect the gums to the teeth. Inside each pathway is a root that is filled with blood vessels, pulp and nerves. It is these blood vessels, pulp and nerves that keep your teeth strong and give them the physical appearance that you can see. However, if parts of the root are damaged, then a root canal is needed to ensure that further damage does not occur in your mouth.
How Do I Know If It’s Time For A Root Canal?
The best way for you to truly know whether or not you need a root canal is to visit the dentist multiple times per year. Routine trips will allow your dentist to evaluate your teeth and gums, and also keep an eye out for symptoms associated with roots’ problems. However, if it has been some time since your last dental appointment, some other symptoms you may want to keep an eye out for include:
● Discoloration of the tooth.
● Loss of sensitivity in the tooth.
● Oversensitivity or pain to the tooth.
● Discomfort when drinking fluids or eating food of varying temperatures.
● Damage to the tooth such as a chip, break, or crack.
Can My Root Canal Treatment Wait?
The longer you wait to get your root canal treatment, the more damage you are risking to your oral health. We understand that some people have incredibly busy schedules and they don’t have the time necessary to dedicate to sitting in a dentist’s chair. We also know that there are plenty of people out there who, like mentioned earlier, are fearful of visiting the dentist because of stories they’ve heard from friends. However, it’s truly imperative that you have your root canal treatment as quickly as possible. The truth is that avoiding a root canal for a day can quickly turn into a week or longer, which means that the roots in your teeth are only getting worse for your overall health.
At Bronitsky Family Dentistry, we have an extensive knowledge and background in root canal treatment. You in good hands when with us because we want you relaxed while here. If you think that you may need a root canal, give us a call at (503) 649-5665. If you need a regular checkup, we will find a time convenient to you.