A damaged tooth can be painful to live with. Most people hate dental appointments with a passion – to the point where they avoid it as much as possible. However, if the pulp of your tooth is damaged and infected and you are experiencing considerable discomfort – you can’t just ignore the problem. An infected root canal can cause various complications if left untreated. It is important that you see a dentist as you may require root canal treatments.
Identifying Pulp Damage
Many people live with pulp damage for many years and brush it off as just a “little tooth pain”. But serious damage could permanently ruin your tooth. Here are some signs to watch out for:
- Spontaneous pain for no reason at all.
- Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks.
- The tooth feels loose.
- Facial swelling
- Oozing pus and swelling around the tooth
- Pain when biting or chewing with the tooth
You may experience a few or all of these symptoms and if you’re unsure, its best to make an appointment with a dentist and get it checked.
Causes of Damage
Pulp damage can be a result of various reasons such as:
- Trauma to the tooth
- Tooth grinding (bruxism)
- Gum disease
- Untreated dental decay
Damaged or infected pulp should never be left untreated. Root canal treatments may sound intimidating but they aren’t and can be carried out with minimal pain. If left untreated, there could be further dental complications such as:
- Infection - If your pulp is damaged, it is no longer able to fight infection. This susceptibility could easily attract bacteria and lead to severe infection that could even affect the surrounding bone.
- Bone loss - If the infection in your pulp continues to spread, it may reach the ends of the root canal and start affecting your jaw bone. Severe infection can lead to localised bone less near the affected tooth.
- Loss of tooth - If the infection spreads and is too severe, the dentist may need to remove your tooth altogether. Sometimes a tooth replacement or an implant may not even be possible.
As you can see, heading to the dentist for root canal treatments is definitely going to be a lot less painful (and less expensive) than any of the above complications. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Get in touch with Smile Artistry and book an appointment with a dentist if you are suffering from any of the above systems and if they advise a– get it done, don’t put it off!