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Signs You May Require a Root Canal

Last updated 4 years ago

Root canal therapy is used to treat an infected or damaged tooth. These conditions often elicit symptoms such as chronic pain, sensitivity, and visible changes in the mouth. If you are experiencing a persistent toothache or notice any changes in the appearance of a tooth, contact your dentist for an appointment.

Tooth Pain and Sensitivity
Often a damaged or badly infected tooth will become painful. A toothache should never be ignored, but rather brought to the attention of your dentist as soon as possible. Tooth pain may not be constant, and may worsen when you bite down on the tooth or touch it. The gums around your tooth may also feel tender to the touch, and you may experience sensitivity in the tooth when eating foods that are hot, cold, spicy, or sweet.

Tooth Discoloration or Damage
If the supply of blood and nourishment to a tooth is cut off or damaged, it can cause cosmetic changes in the appearance of the tooth. An injured tooth may darken relative to the teeth around it. In some cases, damage such as a crack or chip in the tooth may be visible upon inspection. If you notice any changes in the appearance of a tooth, even if it does not hurt, schedule a visit with your dentist as soon as possible.

Gum Changes
In some cases, the infection may either originate in or spread to the gums surrounding a tooth. An abscess, or pimple, may form on the gums. Even if the abscess appears to go away on its own, you should have your dentist examine the area. A recurring abscess is a sign that the infection is ongoing and worsening with time, and it requires professional treatment such as antibiotics and root canal therapy.

Today, root canal therapy is no more difficult or uncomfortable than filling a cavity. If you would like to learn more about root canals, call The Smile Design Center of Baltimore at (443) 275-9821. You can explore our dental treatments by clicking through the information on our website. 


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