Root Canal Therapy Can Stop a Toothache
If you have a persistent toothache and symptoms such a throbbing, redness, or a sign of infection around a tooth, you may need to undergo a root canal treatment. When the inside of the tooth has become infected, you risk losing the tooth entirely if you don’t get treatment. Root canals have a reputation for being painful, but recent advances in technology and training has allowed Dr. Matthew Boscia to perform root canal therapy that can reduce pain, not cause it. A root canal can save your tooth and improve your overall health.
Signs You Need Root Canal Treatment
Pain is usually the most common symptom that indicates there is an infection in the tooth. A broken tooth is at a higher risk for infection but large cavities can also cause the nerves inside the tooth to become infected.
Some of the warning signs you need a root canal include:
- Pain when eating
- Pain when putting pressure on one area of the mouth
- Extreme tooth sensitivity to hot and cold
- Small bumps on the gums around the problem tooth
- Swollen gums
- Redness and inflammation around a tooth
- Asymptomatic in some cases
Timely Root Canal Procedures Can Protect Your Oral Health
It usually only takes one visit to our practice near Wentzville and O’Fallon to perform a root canal and Dr. Boscia uses special techniques to minimize pain and discomfort. He will remove the infected pulp and can fill the space with a special filling material. We may need to cap the tooth with a dental crown to strengthen it and smooth out the surface to ensure it looks like the rest of your natural teeth. Performing a root canal as soon as we detect an infection is essential for protecting your oral health. If the tooth is excessively damaged, we may need to extract to prevent infection from spreading to other areas of the mouth.