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5 Signs That Mean You Might Need a Root Canal

Root canal therapy is one of the most widely misunderstood dental treatments. It's received a bad reputation over the years because it's often associated with pain; however, it's not the treatment that causes your pain, but rather an infection, trauma, or injury to your tooth

Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

When the pulp or nerve of your tooth becomes damaged, it will start to cause pain. When you feel pain in your tooth, it typically indicates an infection. There are many things that can cause an infection, such as tooth decay, trauma, or an injury to your tooth, and it's important to note that a dental infection will not go away if you don't treat it. Unfortunately, it will actually get worse, and it could lead to tooth loss.

During a root canal, our doctors will remove the infected tissue from your tooth through a small hole your dentist creates in the top of your tooth. When the infection has been completely removed, your tooth is given time to heal. After it's healed, you'll return to Bright Smiles Family Dentistry to have your tooth built back up with either a permanent filling or crown, which will help restore its strength.

The Signs to Look For

If your tooth has become compromised, there are a few signs you may notice such as:

  • A bad taste or odor in your mouth that doesn't go away even after brushing
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold foods or beverages
  • Pain when you chew or bite down
  • Discoloration or darkening of your tooth
  • An abscess, which may cause swelling, inflammation, or pus around your tooth

If you notice any of these symptoms, it's important to be proactive and contact your dental team at Bright Smiles Family Dentistry so you'll have the best chance to successfully preserve your tooth. We'll get you feeling comfortable and back on the path to wellness again as soon as possible!