Signs You May Need a Root Canal

By Phil Hart, DDS
March 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

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If you have tooth pain, you may be wondering what to do about it. Do you need a root canal? It’s hard to know for sure, and that’s where your dentist comes in. Thanks to state-of-the-art digital x-rays and testing, your dentist can tell if root canal therapy is the best choice to make. Dr. Phil Hart in Bartlett, TN wants to share some of the signs and symptoms you may need a root canal.

You may need a root canal if you experience:

  • Increasing pain when you consume hot or cold beverages or foods
  • Increasing pain after a dental filling is placed
  • Pain that radiates into your jaws, face, or head
  • Chronic throbbing or aching pain

Your gums around a painful tooth may also show signs of infection. You can look for:

  • A red or white bump near the tooth root
  • Blood or pus draining from near the tooth root
  • Darkening or graying of a tooth compared to the teeth adjacent to it

If you experience any of the signs or symptoms listed above, you probably have damage or infection in the inner tissues of your tooth, an area called the pulp. The pulp can become damaged or infected from deep decay or trauma to the tooth.

If Dr. Hart determines you need a root canal, he will create a small opening in the top of your tooth. Using tiny instruments, he will remove the diseased infected tissue from inside your tooth and replace it with a sedative material that helps to eliminate the infection. After your tooth pain has resolved, he will fill your tooth with an inert material and seal up the opening with a small filling.

If you are experiencing tooth pain, you may be tempted to have the tooth removed. Don’t do it! Instead, investigate root canal therapy; it’s the way to eliminate tooth pain and still keep your smile. For more information about root canal therapy and other restorative and cosmetic dental treatments call Dr. Hart in Bartlett, TN today!