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Do I Need A Root Canal?

Do I Need A Root Canal?
by Dr. Stephen J. Parr D.D.S.

Read Do I Need A Root Canal? by Dr. Stephen J. Parr D.D.S. to learn more about Grove Smiles® Dentistry and our Dentistry office in Coconut Grove, FL.

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Your mouth is in pain, and you have lived with this dull constant ache for far too long. When you eat anything hot or cold, it sends you through the roof. Finally, when you get so sick of the pain, you call the dentist to hear now the painful truth, “You need a root canal.”

So, when do I need a root canal?

Do I Need A Root Canal?

A root canal treatment is required when trauma or decay has damaged the nerves within the tooth’s root. To repair the damage of trauma or decay, the tooth would need to be treated in almost the same manner as a filling, except that treatment would extend to the tooth’s roots.

Pain Signals From Your Mouth

When your teeth bother you, this signals that your body is letting you know that something is not right in your mouth. Here are the top three most common symptoms you could experience that may necessitate root canal treatment:

Are Your Teeth Sensitive to Temperature?

If you’ve experienced some level of gum erosion, you have also likely had to deal with teeth that are sensitive to either a hot or cold temperature. Although some degree of sensitivity to temperature is natural, it is also brief – meaning the pain does not stick around for more than a few moments. If the pain does last for minutes at a time, or worse, days, you should see your dentist. Constant discomfort to temperature can indicate a loose filling, a small cavity, or the early stages of root trauma rather than a need for a sensitive toothpaste brand.

Are Your Teeth Sensitive to Pressure?

If your teeth are sensitive to pressure, this can often indicate a cracked tooth, root trauma, or a small cavity. Pressure sensitivities are extremely painful, and biting down on something as soft as a piece of cheese could send you reeling. If you experience this type of pain, you will want to visit the dentist before the problem advances.

On an extra note, it is common that some people experience this sort of sensitivity after dental work. It depends on the individual, but this type of pain typically goes away in 2-4 weeks. If concerned, please get in touch with your dentist.

Facts About Root Canals

Root Canals don’t hurt. But, you are numbed for the procedure.
Root Canals relieve pain. Many people who need a root canal arrive at our office due to pain.
We are only removing the infected part of the roots.
Root canals SAVE TEETH that would otherwise have to be extracted.
And one more time… Root canals do not hurt

Don’t Fear This Dentist in Coconut Grove, FL!

Root Canal Therapy is probably one of the most feared and widely misunderstood procedures in all of the practices in dentistry.

Dr. Stephen J. Parr and his fantastic team perform Root Canal Therapy regularly at his Coconut Grove dental office. Many General Dentists in Miami, FL, require you to visit an Endodontist (Root Canal Specialists), but we can take care of you in our office and get out of pain fast and on with the rest of your day.

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For Your Health,

Dr. Stephen J. Parr D.D.S.

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