When a tooth’s cavity is too extensive for a dental filling, it may require a root canal. When a cavity reaches this stage, pain and sensitivity are felt in the tooth because the decay is so close to the nerve.
Gum swelling close to a sore tooth may indicate the need for a root canal. In some circumstances, the edema may decrease or remain unpleasant or tender to touch.
The heightened awareness of hot and cold food, beverages and air can cause a throbbing pain or dull ache. If the discomfort persists even after you’ve stopped chewing and swallowing, you may need a root canal.
Root canal therapy may be necessary if biting down on food or touching the tooth causes extreme discomfort because of decay or nerve damage. For example, if the intolerance worsens over time and doesn’t go away when you stop eating, you may need to see a dentist.
Inflammation and infection can occur if bacteria find their way into a chipped or broken tooth, whether by accident, in a contact sport, or through chewing on anything hard.
At least twice a day, brush your teeth
Floss your teeth once each day, minimum
Make use of fluoride rinses and toothpastes
Visit the dentist every six months
Have your teeth cleaned by a dentist once a year
Make appointments to maintain good oral health and prevent potential dental problems.