Persistent pain or sensitivity in a tooth are signs you may need a root canal. Root canal treatment helps strengthen and restore teeth weakened by infection so normal biting and chewing functions can resume without pain or sensitivity. Root canal treatment also saves teeth from extraction. At Little Smiles and Big Smiles, Dr. Yasmine Hassan and Dr. Islam Dehis are your Fitchburg dentists for root canal treatment.
Root Canal Treatment
Extraction can be necessary when teeth have become too weak or damaged from infection to perform normal biting and chewing functions. With root canal treatment, it is possible to preserve infected teeth and even restore normal tooth functioning by strengthening those teeth. See your Fitchburg dentist right away if you develop any of the signs associated with needing a root canal, which include:
- A severe or persistent toothache
- Sharp pain when chewing and biting
- Persistent pressure or pain in the mouth
- Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold items
There is a soft pulp material at the center of each tooth that continues into the canals of the tooth root. When the pulp at the center of a tooth is infected, the infection can spread down through the canals to the root and even result in the formation of an abscess below the root. Once an abscess forms, the infection can more easily spread to other areas of the mouth. Root canal treatment stops the spread of infection.
Root canal treatment is quite similar to filling a cavity. Infected pulp inside the tooth is removed and the tooth is thoroughly cleaned out. Empty areas inside the tooth are then filled with dental filling. The filling strengthens the tooth and restores normal functioning. It also prevents infection from returning to areas of the tooth where dental filling has been added. Following root canal treatment, the affected tooth can resume normal biting and chewing functions without pain or sensitivity.
See a dentist as soon as possible if you develop any signs of needing a root canal. When treated promptly, you can potentially avoid having a tooth extracted and even restore it to full strength and functioning. If you have persistent pain, sensitivity, or any of the other signs associated with needing a root canal, schedule an appointment with Dr. Hassan or Dr. Dehis, your Fitchburg, MA, dentists, by calling Little Smiles and Big Smiles at (978) 343-2630.