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How to Know You Need a Root Canal

December 15, 2022 7:54 pm

A dull ache in a tooth can quickly progress into severe, sharp pain. Pain is an indication something bad is going on with your tooth. A toothache could be caused by infection, in which case root canal therapy may be a beneficial treatment.

What Is Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal therapy involves removing the pulp of an infected tooth to save the natural tooth’s outer structure instead of extracting and replacing the entire tooth. A root canal allows your tooth to remain functional. It also saves you the trouble of getting a tooth replacement, which is more expensive than a root canal treatment and won’t look or feel exactly the same as a natural tooth.

How to Know You Need Root Canal Treatment

In addition to a toothache, these are other situations that may mean you would benefit from root canal treatment:

  1. Increased Tooth Sensitivity
  2. A common sign of an issue with your tooth is experiencing sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks, especially if the sharp pain makes it difficult or impossible to eat or drink and is not alleviated by brushing with anti-sensitivity toothpaste. Infection can cause damage to the nerve and make it more easily irritated by extremes in temperature.

  3. Severe Tooth Decay
  4. Neglecting your oral hygiene and/or eating a lot of sugary treats or beverages can increase your risk of tooth decay. If left untreated, decay can allow bacteria to reach and infect your tooth’s inner pulp, which contains blood vessels and nerves.

  5. Swollen Gums
  6. Gum swelling around a tooth can be caused by an overflow of pus and debris from an infection inside the tooth.

Gentle Root Canal Therapy in Chandler, AZ

Root canal treatment is sometimes the best option for saving a tooth. If you are experiencing dental pain, our team can diagnose your issue and recommend a personalized treatment plan. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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