Ahh root canal; just saying the term can bring a toothache and fears of the dentist rushing forward. Also known as endodontic therapy, a root canal will not be put on an appointment schedule for you without a few diagnostics. One may ask, “How do I know that I will need/not need a root canal?” With some information and insight on the patient, the dentist can determine if root canal treatment is required.
The dentist will start by asking you about your symptoms. Some of the most common are soreness of the gums and teeth, swelling, and redness. He will do some general check-up procedures that also help in identifying the need for a root canal. Percussion testing is a routine procedure for this; where the dentist taps a dental tool on individual teeth looking for irritated teeth. There is also a dental tool that uses thermal testing. By making the tooth cold and hot, the status of the tooth’s nerve can be revealed, giving major insight into the possibility of needing a root canal.
So we can see that it is vital to have a dentist look at your specific situation to determine if you need root canal treatment. This leapfrogs me into the next part of understanding root canals: do not make assumptions! It is very important to stay away from making a self-diagnosis when concerning teeth pain. Websites and forums are not nearly as credible as an actual dentist, and going in for a routine checkup may be the difference in making or breaking a root canal appointment. It is also important to do what makes sense: and by this I mean exactly as I say. Do not drink hot liquids if it is causing pain, or eat icy cold foods if it does so too. It is not normal for our teeth to be in pain or ache, and aggravating that pain will only make things worse!
Through healthy brushing and flossing, and a good diet, the teeth are meant to outlast everything else. But if you are ever in need of a root canal in Tijuana, here at Tijuana Dental Studio you’ll find the best option. We are a Mexico Dental clinic located minutes from the border with San Diego, and that small trip will allow you to save about 70% of what you would normally spend in the US. Our Dentists in Tijuana are highly trained professionals with many years of experience helping people from both sides of the border enjoy healthy smiles.