Posts for: February, 2018

By Omni Dental Group
February 13, 2018
Category: Dentistry
Tags: Root Canal  

Thanks to root canal therapy, extraction isn't the only option if your tooth is inflamed or infected. Bowie, MD, dentists Dr. Siamak root canalAalemansour, Dr. Fariborz Baik and Dr. Sherwin Esfandiari discuss a few signs and symptoms that may occur if you need a root canal.

What are root canals?

Root canal therapy removes infected or inflamed pulp from the center of your tooth and the narrow root canals that travel the length of the tooth. Each year, more than 15 million root canals are performed in the U.S., according to the American Dental Association. Without a root canal, your tooth would eventually need to be extracted. Root canals preserve teeth, preventing the complications that can occur after tooth loss, such as shifting teeth, bite problems, difficulty chewing and jawbone resorption.

What are signs that I may need a root canal?

Many people who need root canals visit our Bowie office due to pain in their teeth. Everyone who needs a root canal doesn't experience the same level of pain. For some people, the pain may be fairly mild and may come and go. Others may experience severe pain, persistent pain.

Have you noticed that your pain worsens at certain times? If you need a root canal, pain may intensify when you chew or even press lightly on the tooth. Inflamed or infected teeth are very sensitive. A single bite or sip of a sugary, hot or cold food or beverage can cause a spike in pain that lasts as long as 30 minutes.

Severe pain that stops suddenly is a cause for concern and should never be ignored. Eventually, the nerves in your tooth may be destroyed by your infection. Once the nerves die, you no longer feel pain, but that doesn't mean that the infection has gone away.

In addition to pain, you may notice a few visible signs of a problem if you need a root canal. Your tooth may darken if it's inflamed or infected. You may also notice that your gums look swollen and red.

Pus or a pimple on your gum may be a sign of an abscess. The bacterial infection requires immediate treatment with antibiotics and a root canal. Other abscess symptoms include severe pain, facial swelling, fever and swollen lymph nodes.

Protect your smile with a root canal. Call Bowie, MD, dentists Drs. Siamak Aalemansour, Fariborz Baik and Sherwin Esfandiari at (301) 809-0029 if you're concerned about a tooth.

Dentist Bowie, MD
Omni Dental Group
4321 Collington Road Suite 210
Bowie, MD 20716
(301) 809-0029