Causes and Symptoms of Root Canals

Root canals. They’re serious dental procedures that usually cause a lot of pain, take a long time to heal, and can cost quite a lot of money.

Basically, root canals are the last thing you want to be dealing with when it comes to your dental health. Think of any other dental procedure you possibly can and, guess what, you’d prefer that to the root canal.

There are quite a few causes of a root canal infection, such as severe trauma to the tooth (broken or cracked), a cavity that goes too deep, multiple dental procedures to the same tooth. The good thing is that all of these things are avoidable so long as a mouth guard is worn during contact sports and you have a great dental hygiene routine.

Some of the symptoms of a root canal include a strong throbbing pain in the area of your tooth (that usually persists for awhile). Just as well, any pain felt when chewing on a particular side of your mouth or tooth may indicate you have an infection in your root canal. Other symptoms include discolored teeth, swollen and sensitive gums near the tooth, and even a pimple on your gums. Basically, all of these signs point towards a root canal infection and are pretty extreme if you notice them.

What happens when you have an infection in your root canal? Essentially the tooth’s roots contain blood vessels, nerve fibers, and soft lymph tissues, which have become damaged from something. More often than not, a deep cavity is what causes this damage.

Sometimes in rare cases no symptoms may be present even if you do actually have a root canal infection. That’s why it’s best to see your dentist every six months.

If it hasn’t become apparent to you yet, the main thing you need to know is that root canals occur because of neglect and trauma. More often than not, though, it’s neglect. And when I say neglect, I mean neglect to the tooth or area by failing to keep up with a good dental routine and even seeing your dentist as often as you should.

If you can stay on your dental cleaning regimen, see your dentist twice a year, and stay away from smoking and eating super unhealthy foods, you’re pretty much set to never have to worry about a root canal. And honestly, even if you did eat those types of foods, you wouldn’t have much to worry about so long as you’re cleaning your teeth like you should!