Signs You May Need a Root Canal
No one looks forward to a root canal, but there are certain circumstances that make them necessary. Root canals are an excellent way to treat dental problems while keeping a natural tooth intact. Dr. Paul Hubley and Dr. James Cinamon, your dentists in Framingham, MA, want their patients to be aware of the signs that a root canal may be the best option for maintaining your dental health.
Why is a root canal needed?
There are several reasons why a root canal may be necessary, all stemming from damage to the soft tissues, or the pulp, on the inside of the teeth. A tooth that has a significant amount of decay or one that has had several prior procedures may need to be hollowed out and crowned to keep the root system in place. A tooth that has a deep crack may also need shoring up. A root canal from your Framingham dentist is essentially a larger-scale cavity filling; it removes infection and seals off the tooth from further damage.
Signs of pulp damage
One of the ways that dental tissue damage presents itself is through tooth sensitivity; hot or cold food and drinks can cause a tingling and sometimes painful sensation from the area of damage or decay. It may also be very painful to chew or brush in that area. Some people develop a abscess, a bump that resembles a pimple, on the gums nearby. It's important to remember that these symptoms can be indicative of other problems, but it's important to make an appointment with your Framingham dentist to determine the cause and the best course of treatment.
If you've been having an unexplained toothache and think you might need a root canal or other dental procedure, it's time to call Dr. Hubley and Dr. Cinamon in Framingham, MA. Helping you maintain good dental health is our main goal!