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When is a Root Canal Required?

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A root canal is a remedy for a badly damaged tooth. Yet this damage can take many forms and you may not know you need treatment. Discover the primary reasons why a root canal can give you relief.

The Problem of Pain

When you need a root canal, pain is the most common symptom. The agony can appear in different spots and severity, yet the most frequent forms of root canal pain include:

  • A mild to major toothache.
  • Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, even after the food or beverage has touched the tooth.
  • Throbbing pain while chewing or putting pressure on the tooth.
  • Headache pain.
  • Pressure around the roots of upper teeth due to sinus congestion.
  • Jaw pain.

The Appearance of an Abscess

An abscess develops when the pulp within the tooth dies and creates a pocket of pus around the root of the tooth. When this pus becomes infected, a root canal is necessary to prevent the infection from spreading to nearby tissue and bone. While antibiotics can help fight the infection, the only way to completely remove it and eliminate all bacteria is with a root canal by an affordable dentist or a specialist in endodontics in Baltimore.

The Concern of a Cavity

The decay of a cavity can be so damaging that it can cause the tooth to become infected. This may lead to a great deal of pain or may be barely noticeable. But the decay and infection must be removed, which can be easily accomplished by a root canal.

The Fall-Out from Fracture

If a tooth is fractured deeply enough to reach the delicate pulp, then a root canal may be needed to protect the tooth from infection. In addition, if a fracture leaves too little of the tooth’s structure for a crown or other restoration, then a root canal is required to place a post within the tooth that can support the restoration. Ask an affordable dentist or a specialist in endodontics in Baltimore about your options.

The Risk of Repeated Dental Procedures

While dental procedures support your smile, they also put stress on your teeth. Frequent dental work can cause a tooth to become inflamed and may lead to permanent damage. But a root canal can save your tooth by removing the damaged sections within.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Baltimore, call Dental One Associates of Cross Keys today at (443) 863-6394 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Baltimore. With 12 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Cross Keys, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates of Cross Keys.

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