What Causes the Need for Root Canals and How Can You Prevent It? Redwood City, CA

What Causes the Need for Root Canals and How Can You Prevent It?

What Causes the Need for Root Canals and How Can You Prevent It?

The pain from infected tooth pulp can be severe. Many people describe the discomfort as a sharp pain or a dull ache. If you experience this type of pain, it’s wise to schedule an appointment with your dentist to find out if you need a root canal.

Signs You Need a Root Canal

In addition to the discomfort that lingers after exposure to extreme temperatures, you may experience other symptoms as a result of your infected tooth pulp. These may include some or all of the following:

  • Recurring headaches
  • Chronic, unexplained tooth pain
  • Swollen and/or tender gums
  • Stabbing pain in the tooth when chewing or clenching your teeth
  • Pus leaking from the gums around a sore tooth

If you fail to receive treatment for your symptoms, you could experience bone loss as the infection in your pulp spreads. You could also experience worsening pain that could interfere with your daily activities. It’s best to receive treatment right away if you suspect you need a root canal.

How To Prevent Root Canals

There are things you can do to maintain your oral health and reduce your likelihood of ever needing a root canal, including:

  • Flossing at least once daily
  • Brushing at least twice per day
  • Avoiding acidic and/or sugary foods and drinks
  • Wearing a mouth guard at night as needed to prevent bruxism (grinding of the teeth)
  • Avoiding hard or sticky foods such as lollipops and taffies

In addition to these at-home dental care techniques, it’s also important to visit your dentist regularly for checkups and thorough cleanings.

Treatment for Infected Pulp

A root canal is a procedure that removes infected tissue from your tooth roots. After the inflamed tissue is removed, the spaces left behind are filled in with a sterile material and a durable porcelain dental crown is placed on top to seal off the site and prevent further infection.

Contact Our Practice

Dr. Ghina Morad is a skilled dentist who offers root canal treatments for people experiencing intense tooth pain from infected pulp. To schedule your appointment, call the practice of Ghina Morad, DMD as soon as possible.