Streamwood DentistAt Streamwood Family Dentistry, Dr. Shah and our entire team focuses on providing the best quality dental care for our community in Streamwood, IL and surrounding areas.  As a high-tech and leading dental office in the area, we take pride in not only providing the best dental care but focus also on educating our community to a better oral health.

Not every bit of dental discomfort warrants a visit to the dentist, but if you’ve been feeling a constant tooth ache, you probably don’t want to wait too long.  Many times, early detection leads to a more conservative treatment approach which is always our preference.

So, when do you visit the dentist? Let’s take a look at what the American Association of Endodontists suggests.
Why a Root Canal is Sometimes Necessary

Root canal treatment is required when the nerves within the tooth’s root have been damaged by trauma or decay.  Tooth decay – known as cavities are the source of bacterial infection that gets deep within the tooth when left untreated and can cause the nerve of the tooth to get damaged.

To repair this damage, the tooth would need to be treated in almost the exact same manner as a filling, except that treatment would extend to the tooth’s roots.  Many people have a mis-conception of root canals with excruciating pain and therefore avoid this procedure.  With advanced technology at Streamwood Family Dentistry, we can make your Root Canal Treatment as painless as possible.

Pay Attention to Pain

When your teeth bother you, this is a signal your body is giving you that something is not right in your mouth.

Here are three of the most common symptoms that may necessitate root canal treatment:

Sensitivity to Hot and Cold

If you’ve experienced a certain degree of gum erosion, you’ve likely also had to deal with sensitive teeth.

Some degree of sensitivity is normal. This sort of pain is also transient – meaning the pain doesn’t stick around for more than a few moments.

If it lasts for minutes at a time, or worse, days, you should see your dentist.  Delaying your dental visit will not result in improvement of your symptoms.  It actually will get worse as time passes.

Persistent discomfort can be an indicator of a loose filling, a small cavity, or the early stages of root trauma.

Pressure Sensitivity

This type of pain can often be an indicator of a cracked tooth, root trauma or (again) a small cavity.

Pressure sensitivities are painful as all-get-out, and biting down on something as soft as a French fry could send you reeling. If you experience this sort of pain, you’ll want to definitely visit the dentist before the problem advances.

It’s worth noting that some people experience this sort of sensitivity after dental work. It depends on the individual, but typically this pain goes away in 2-4 weeks if you have just been to the dentist.

In some individuals, it can take months. Don’t ever wait that long without consulting with your doctor, however.

Lingering pain (even after an exam) should be brought to the attention of your doctor after a week has passed. They’ll then fill you in on what your next steps should be.

Dull Aches, Pressure, and Constant Pain

You’d think if the above three descriptors were a constant companion in one’s daily life, it would prompt a person to pick up the phone and call the dentist. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. And, this is the reason why people say a root canal is painful.

Ignoring constant pain and pressure in one’s mouth is not good risk management. Such pain can be caused by an abscess, a serious infection that can spread to the bone. Infections of this nature can be fatal if not treated, so it’s always important that constant pain and pressure never be ignored.

Keep your health and your teeth, by minding your body’s signals. The vessel we call home is pretty darn good at letting us know when we need to confer with a professional – don’t ignore its warnings!

If you’ve been putting off your dental visits due to fear of pain, schedule your consultation with Dr. Shah @ Streamwood Family Dentistry by calling (847)740-0219 or schedule online directly from our website.  We assure you that you will be treated in the most comfortable manner and we will do everything possible to get you out of pain as quickly as possible.