How do I Know if I Need a Root Canal?

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About Dr. Peter Zwier

For over 30 years, Dr. Peter J. Zwier has been providing a broad range of general and cosmetic dental services to Grand Rapids, meeting the needs of your whole family in one convenient location. Your oral health is extremely important to your body’s wellbeing, and a beautiful smile is a wonderful asset at any age.

Dental issues can be worrisome. When a tooth problem occurs, seeing a dentist is the best option before it gets worse. Some people may require dental treatment to fix their tooth problems. Here’s how to tell if you will need a root canal or other dental intervention for your issues.

What Is A Root Canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure undertaken to help save a damaged, decayed, or otherwise injured tooth. When a tooth decays or sustains damage the nerves and root may become exposed. This leaves the potential for infection and immense pain to the patient. 

The procedure involves your dentist or medical provider surgically removing the pulp, nerves, and root from inside the damaged tooth. After it’s removed and cleaned out thoroughly, there are two options.

In cases of infection, your dentist may put medication inside the tooth and add a temporary filling. The second option is to finish filling the same day.

This involves filling the tooth cavity with a sealer paste before closing it with the permanent filling.

Signs You May Need A Root Canal

There are ways to tell your tooth may need dental intervention. Some signs you need help include:

  • Seeing visible injury to the tooth-like cracks or decay
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold sensitivity that persists
  • Swelling, redness, or tenderness of the gum near the tooth or teeth that are damaged
  • Pain when biting down into foods
  • A pimple or raised area above / below the tooth on the gum
  • Pain that comes on by itself or wakes you up at night

One or more of these symptoms is a strong indicator you may need to enlist the help of a dentist. If you have these symptoms, or if the pain gets worse, schedule an appointment with Dr. Zwier to be seen as soon as possible.

What Will Happen At The Appointment?

If you think you need a root canal, reach out to Dr. Zwier immediately. 

He will physically assess you by looking at the teeth and gums and most likely will take x-rays to see the condition of the tooth roots and jawbone. He may also perform a vitality test to check the status of the nerve of the tooth.

After getting all the information he needs, Dr. Zwier will decide whether you need a root canal or a different dental procedure. 

Benefits Of Root Canals

Root canals can:

  • Save teeth that may have been lost
  • Save the patient from a serious infection
  • Saves surrounding teeth and jawbone
  • Improve overall health

If you think you may need a root canal, or you wish to begin an oral health regimen, reach out to Dr. Zwier and his staff today. They can help you get your teeth healthy, strong, and looking great.