By Sean Stannard, DDS
April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

What your dentists in Waterford, Michigan want you to knowroot canal

If you have tooth pain, do you need a root canal? That’s a good question, and one you can’t answer by yourself. Drs. Sean Stannard and David Studt at Stannard & Studt & Wolf Dentistry in Waterford, Michigan want to tell you about a few important signs and symptoms that you may need a root canal.

You may need a root canal if you experience any of these symptoms:

  • Tooth pain that gets worse if you consume hot or cold foods and beverages
  • Tooth pain that gets worse after a filling or crown is placed
  • Tooth pain that radiates into your jaws, ears or face
  • Throbbing, aching pain that doesn’t go away

There are also visible changes you may see in your gums or teeth. You may need a root canal if you notice:

  • A small red or white bump in your gums near the tooth root
  • Bleeding or drainage coming from your gums near the tooth root
  • Teeth can also begin to die with no pain or symptoms. All you may notice is the tooth darkening or graying when you compare it to your other teeth.

If you have tooth pain, your dentist may only need to remove decay and place a filling. That’s a great solution if the decay has only penetrated the top layers of your tooth, the enamel  and  dentin. If the decay has penetrated to the innermost layer of tooth structure, an area known as the pulp, your tooth needs a root canal to relieve pain and allow you to keep your tooth.

The way to find out for sure if you need a root canal is to visit your dentist. By taking state-of-the-art digital x-rays and performing temperature and vitality testing, your dentist will know for sure if a root canal is the right choice to make.

Root canal therapy is the state-of-the-art way to eliminate tooth pain without removing the tooth. For more information about root canal treatment and other restorative and cosmetic dental services call Drs. Sean Stannard and David Studt at Stannard & Studt & Wolf Dentistry in Waterford, Michigan today!

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