You likely know the importance of routine dental visits to improve the chances of having good oral health. However, going to see a dentist as recommended requires additional measures to defend against issues such as tooth decay, tooth loss, and gum disease. There are a number of lifestyle factors that can impact oral health. These things could lead to individuals requiring other general dentistry services to preserve the condition of their teeth and protect their overall health.
During a dental exam, your dentist might notice changes in your oral health. Some of these changes may be able to prevent future tooth extraction or tooth loss. Root canals are one type of intervention that dentists can use in an effort to preserve teeth. Individuals who had root canal procedures many years ago or know of someone else who did might feel apprehensive about the procedure. Technological advancements have improved root canal processes and improved or eliminated some of the fears and inconveniences individuals might have faced in yesteryear.
Tooth Sensitivity or Pain
You might experience oral discomfort that presents itself as sensitivity or pain if you need a root canal. However, you should not assume that this will be the issue because there are other dental issues that can cause the same symptoms. A dentist is the best resource to use to correctly identify the nature of tooth sensitivity and pain.
If your sensitivity issue is caused by a need for a root canal, it may only present itself as an issue when you eat or drink certain foods. This is one of the reasons that some individuals do not realize that the sensitivity is occurring because of issues with the nerves in the roots of their teeth. Continuing to ignore or downplay the seriousness of tooth sensitivity can lead to toothaches.
Toothaches should be a "red flag" that a visit to a dentist is needed. Do not make the mistake of thinking that mild pain is not serious. Individuals have different thresholds for pain, and an infected tooth root can show signs of mild, moderate, or severe pain. If a root canal is needed, the issue will not resolve itself over time. Therefore, it is not wise to procrastinate the matter of going to a dentist.
There are other issues that you may notice if you need to get a root canal. You should not assume that you have no concerns if you do not have all of the signs. You can use other signs such as discolored teeth to guide you further, but a professional diagnosis is the best approach to treatment.
To learn more, contact a resource like Dr. Jon Douglas Lesan, DDS, RpH, PA.