What are the signs of Needing Endodontic Treatment?

Patient in Needing Endodontic Treatment

Endodontic treatment, also known as root canal therapy, is a procedure that is often done in dental practice. It is important to know what causes the conditions that may lead a patient to undergo treatment. Many patients ask, what are the signs of needing endodontic treatment?

Many teeth that have experienced the death of a tooth nerve may require root canal therapy. This also includes traumatized teeth that may have been knocked out, also referred to as “avulsed” teeth. Patients who have experienced the death of a tooth nerve may not always know it. There may not be pain or discomfort, and it may not occur for many years. This is because the infection of the nerves may be minor and it may linger for a while before it is noticed. Situations like these can help some patients understand the importance of x-rays and preventative care to catch and diagnose problems as soon as possible.

Additionally, teeth that have experienced breakage or very large areas of decay may also require endodontic therapy. This is because the area is traumatized and deteriorated. This can result in pain and discomfort that may only be addressed with root canal therapy.

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Teeth that appear darkened may also indicate a situation where treatment is necessary. This is often a result of the tooth nerve tissue dying, sometimes without symptoms. These degenerative changes can only be fixed with root canal therapy or permanent extraction of the tooth.

Dr. Andrew Greenberg of Mouth Carolina Dentistry does not perform root canal therapy in his practice, but will happily refer patients to endodontists whom he trusts for these types of procedures. His practice can also provide extractions if root canal therapy fails or if patients prefer to have the tooth removed and restored with an alternative solution such as dentures, dental bridges, or dental implants. Our team can consult with patients to determine the best course of action to repair their smile and bring it back to health in the most affordable, effective manner. We can also work with dental insurance companies to determine what treatment options are covered by insurance plans to reduce the necessary out-of-pocket costs for patients.

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