What your dentist in Baltimore wants you to know
Tooth pain can be complicated because your teeth can hurt for many reasons. Sometimes your pain can be relieved with just a simple filling, but what if a simple filling isn’t enough? What if you need a root canal? Dr. James Delaney Jr. and Dr. Melanie Burke in Baltimore, MD want to share some of the common signs and symptoms you may need a root canal.
There are many incidents which can lead to root canal treatment. You are at an increased risk for a root canal if you have experienced:
- Traumatic injury or an accident involving your face or jaws
- Deep, extensive decay which has reached the inner portion of your tooth
- Chronic clenching or grinding your teeth
Teeth can also die naturally, for no apparent reason. All you may notice is that the tooth will appear darker and grayer than the teeth around it. Typically, you will experience little or no symptoms from these teeth.
If you have tooth pain that continues and doesn’t resolve with a simple filling, you may need a root canal. Some of the other signs and symptoms to look for include:
- Sharp, throbbing pain that can radiate
- Severe pain when you eat or drink hot or cold foods or beverages
- Soft tissue swelling and redness around a tooth
- White drainage coming from around the root of a tooth
When you need a root canal, it means that the innermost tissue of your tooth, an area called the pulp chamber, has become diseased. The tissue becomes inflamed, causing pressure and pain from deep inside your tooth.
During root canal treatment, this diseased, inflamed tissue is removed and replaced with an inert material. Pressure and pain are eliminated and you still get to keep your tooth.
If you are experiencing tooth pain and pressure, it’s best to visit your dentists in Baltimore. They will use the latest diagnostic tools including state-of-the-art dental x-rays, vitality testing and temperature testing to determine if you need a root canal.
If you think you may need a root canal, seek out the help of the experts and call Dr. Delaney and Dr. Burke in Baltimore, MD. Don’t wait; get relief from tooth pain by calling today!