If you think you should only visit your dentist if you have a toothache, you are, unfortunately, mistaken. At the point a toothache appears, your teeth decay has already eaten through your tooth’s outer layers and infected the soft tissues within, a process that takes months or even years. However, knowing the early signs of a cavity can help you get into your dentist earlier to stop your cavity in its tracks. Find out more about signs you may need a root canal with Dr. Dana Cuculici at Carrollwood Dental Spa in Tampa, FL.
What does a root canal do?
A root canal repairs a heavily decayed or damaged tooth and saves it from needing an extraction. Your dentist will remove the decayed inner soft tissues and nerves from the tooth’s pulp chamber, which, in turn, removes and cures the infection. If the decay reaches the inner pulp chamber and infects the soft tissues and nerves, you experience a toothache. Removing these elements from the tooth removes the tooth’s ability to feel pain, meaning that a root canal also cures a toothache.
Signs You May Need a Root Canal
The earliest sign of tooth decay is plaque buildup on your teeth. This sticky, white substance is easily removed with a strong oral care routine made up of proper brushing and flossing techniques. However, as plaque builds up, it hardens into tartar, which eventually begins eating through the tooth. You may notice a dark spot or hole in the tooth. This is a cavity and affects the hard outer layers of the tooth, meaning you will not feel pain during this stage. You may, however, notice sensitivity to hot and cold or have unexplained bad breath. As the cavity moves through the tooth, it eventually reaches the tooth’s inner pulp chamber and infects the soft tissues and nerves, causing a toothache. This means that a toothache is actually one of the last signs that you may need a root canal. If you think you may have a cavity, you should see your dentist as soon as possible.
Dental Examinations and Cleanings in Tampa, FL
For more information on root canals or the signs that you may need one, please contact Dr. Cuculici at Carrollwood Dental Spa in Tampa, FL. Call (813) 264-6911 to schedule your appointment today!