May 6 – 12, 2018 is Root Canal Awareness Week. Because the internet is filled with lots of incorrect facts and scary myths about root canals, the American Association of Endodontists is making every effort to reframe the conversation around root canals to recast endodontists (those who perform root canals) as the superheroes of saving teeth!
Root Canals Are Not to Be Feared
When it comes to dental treatment, there are few words more dreaded than “root canal.” For reasons largely attributable to misinformation, the root canal has become the most feared practice in the world of dentistry. Yet, root canal therapy is one of the most common dental procedures. We realize that you might feel a bit anxious about root canals, but we believe that the more you know, the more comfortable you will feel and the better you’ll be able to spot if you really need one or not.
Signs You May Need a Root Canal
A root canal is a way to save a severely decayed or infected tooth. So how do you know if you need one? Keep your eyes peeled for the following signs that root canal treatment might benefit you:
- Severe tooth pain when eating or when there is pressure on the affected area
- Increased sensitivity to hot and/or cold foods and drinks that persists after the cause is removed
- Pain in the gums around the affected tooth, sometimes with accompanied inflammation
- Tooth discoloration from trauma, which signals possible damage to the inside of the tooth
Don’t Delay Your Dental Checkup!
According to the American Association of Endodontists, millions of natural teeth are treated and saved each year through root canals. If you think that you have any of the signs of a tooth that needs a root canal, don’t wait! Call us as soon as you notice. However, please note that not all signs that you need a root canal are going to be ones you are able to detect at home. This is just another reason why you should come visit Drs. Jeziorski and Hall at Bluedot Dental every 6 months, whether or not you are aware of problems.