Marv Thomas, DDS

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By The Dental Spa
July 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Root CanalA toothache is unmistakable, but knowing what's causing it can be difficult to pinpoint. However, there are certain signs and symptoms that could indicate a root canal could be what you need to alleviate that pain permanently. At The Dental Spa in Woodbridge, VA, our dentist Dr. Marv Thomas believes in educating her patients about dental procedures so that they can make informed decisions about their health. Below, Dr. Thomas discusses the ways you might be able to tell that a painful tooth is in need of a root canal.

Why are root canals necessary?

Each of your teeth contains a network of blood vessels, nerves, and soft tissues inside. The hard outer covering of the teeth, known as the enamel, protects these structures from damage. However, decay or breakage can perforate the enamel and reach the sensitive inner tissues, leading to an infection that often causes a lot of pain. Root canals from your Woodbridge dentist eliminate this pain by removing the inside of the tooth, replacing it with a rubber filling, and then sealing it off with a crown on top. Essentially, a root canal is a more in-depth cavity filling, meant to save the way your tooth looks and functions.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

An X-ray from your Woodbridge dentist is the only way to determine if a root canal can fix your toothache, but you may notice some problems that could indicate that your enamel has been compromised. One of the first signs is sudden tooth sensitivity. Although there are a variety of reasons that your teeth could be sensitive, painful, lingering sensitivity could mean that the inside of your tooth is being exposed to hot or cold temperatures. You may also have sharp pain when you bite down or chew; this is common if you have cracked your tooth and the sections of it are shifting from the pressure. Some people develop a blister-like abscess on the gums near the affected tooth due to the body's immune system trying to rid itself of the infection. This is a sure sign you need to contact The Dental Spa right away.

Whether you're experiencing these symptoms or just need a checkup, we're here to help you! Contact The Dental Spa in Woodbridge, VA, to make an appointment with Dr. Thomas today!

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