Halloween is a time for people of all ages to enjoy candy. While acceptable in moderation, candy also results in an excessive buildup of sugar on teeth, which can lead to a lot more than cavities. If you have a toothache shortly after Halloween, then it could be a sign you need a root canal in White Plains, NY or Mt. Kisco, NY. Do not neglect your oral health because this problem will only get worse if you delay treatment.
Why Is a Root Canal Necessary?
Everyone's teeth are filled with pulp. This substance contains nerve endings, providing nourishment to the teeth as well as providing sensory function. A tooth's pulp is the reason your teeth feel sensitive after eating something extremely hot or cold. When bacteria enters the tooth, it can make its way to the pulp. This results in extreme pain, which is why most people who require endodontic treatment report severe toothaches.
What Are the Signs of Infected Tooth Pulp?
While a toothache will be persistent, you may also notice it hurts your teeth any time you chew and apply pressure to the tooth in question. Additional symptoms in a person with infected tooth pulp include:
· Swollen gum tissue
· Tender gums
· Darkening of the affected tooth
· A small bump on the gum tissue near the affected tooth
· Extreme sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures
The reason treatment is essential is because it is impossible for the pulp to heal on its own. The only solution is for a professional endodontist to completely remove the pulp, clean out the now empty tooth and apply a filling. This process ensures patients get to keep their natural teeth.
Where Is the Best Place to Call?
Even if you only suspect you need a root canal, it is still a good idea to contact Advanced Endodontics of Westchester with offices in White Plains, NY (914) 750-4033 and Mt. Kisco, NY (914) 750-4034. Drs. Kolnick, Diamond, Hope and Chaudhry will let you know what is wrong and what steps to take.
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