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5 Signs That You May Need a Root Canal

5 Signs That You May Need a Root Canal

Inside each tooth is a canal, which contains nerves, blood vessels, and other tissues. Sometimes these tissues — referred to as the pulp — can get inflamed or infected. If this occurs, we can perform a root canal procedure to remove these tissues and save your tooth. 

This procedure — which more than 15 million Americans get every year — can go a long way toward preserving your smile for years to come. The first step, however, is recognizing when there’s a problem.

Here at Dr. Azer VIP Dentistry, our namesake dentist, Soheir Azer, DDS, and the rest of our team believe that patient education is one of the best ways to safeguard our patients’ dental health. To that end, here’s a look at five signs that you may need a root canal procedure.

1. Tooth pain

This sign of infection in your root canal is the hardest to ignore — tooth pain. This pain may be a constant companion or it can flare when you’re using the tooth to chew.

As well, the pain may be local to the affected tooth or it may spread to your jaw and face if the infection is moderate or severe.

While there are many issues that can lead to tooth pain, all of them, including a root canal infection, can benefit from a visit to our offices so you can get much-needed relief.

2. Extreme sensitivity

If you have a tooth that’s hypersensitive to extreme temperatures, this is another classic sign of a root canal infection. Whether you’re drinking a cold glass of water or a hot cup of tea, if you have a tooth that responds unfavorably to these extreme temperatures, it may be time to have us take a look.

3. Swollen gums

Depending on the extent of the infection, you may notice redness and swelling around your gums. Aside from swelling, a small, pimple-like growth may develop that’s filled with pus, which is a clear sign that your body is fighting off an infection of some kind.

4. Discoloration

If you have an infection in the root canal of one of your front teeth, you may notice that your tooth becomes discolored, often turning darker.

5. A loose tooth

An infection in a root canal can potentially damage the support tissues that keep the tooth stable, which can cause the tooth to loosen a little bit.

Evaluation and treatment

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms outlined above, we urge you to come see us. Once here, we review your symptoms, perform a visual examination, and then turn to advanced imaging to take a look at what’s going on inside your troublesome tooth.

If we find an infection, we will likely recommend a root canal procedure to combat the problem and provide you with relief. During this procedure, we make a tiny hole in your tooth, through which we remove the infected pulp from your root canal. Then we disinfect the area and seal the canal to prevent further infections.

In most cases, we cap the tooth with a dental crown afterward to further protect and strengthen the tooth.

If you suspect that you might need a root canal procedure, book an appointment online or over the phone with Dr. Azer VIP Dentistry today.

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