Are you suffering tooth pains that don’t seem to go away? Do you find drinking hot liquids and eating hot foods to worsen that pain? Chances are good that you may be suffering from extensive tooth and tooth root decay, and you should see your San Antonio family dentist, Dr. Gary Guillory, right away for a root canal analysis.
Your San Antonio family dentist has had over twenty years of experience helping patients overcome poor dental hygiene and oral health ailments through teeth cleanings, dental exams, and other preventative dentistry measures. If you are having jaw/tooth pain, a consultation with Dr. Guillory can help to determine the cause, and whether or not you will need a root canal. It is important to note that the longer you wait to get dental assistance, the more damage can be inflicted.
What is a Root Canal, and what does it correct?
A tooth is made up of a hard protective layer known as enamel, a soft tissue layer referred to as dental pulp, and a middle layer called dentin. When the dental pulp becomes damaged or infected due to poor dental hygiene exposing the tooth to dangerous oral bacteria, the root begins to die. This is a very bad thing because the tooth root consists of the nerve tissue and is the vital part of the tooth—the part that holds it in place!
In order to prevent the loss of a tooth, and damaging your bite and smile, a root canal must be performed to eliminate any infection.
What are some symptoms that I may encounter, that may mean I need a Root Canal?
While a toothache and pain in your jaw may be the most commonly known symptoms that lead to the need of a root canal, there are a few other signs that may be present. Remember: it is important to see your San Antonio family dentist at the first sign of any tooth pain, so that we can increase the chance of solving the problem without needing a tooth replacement!
Nerve damage signs:
- Infection visible on an X-ray
- Discoloration of the tooth/teeth
- Surrounding gum tissues are swollen
- Minimal to severe tooth/jaw pain
If you are interested in learning more about our San Antonio root canal options, or another one of our fantastic San Antonio dentistry procedures, please schedule an appointment online or via phone at: 210-227-0101 to speak with Dr. Guillory or another Southtown Dental Group dentistry professional.