Signs That You May Need a Root Canal: What to Look Out For

Signs That You May Need a Root Canal: What to Look Out For
Posted on April 05/2023

Signs That You May Need a Root Canal: What to Look Out For - Cameo Dentistry in Bloomingdale and Streamwood

Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic therapy, is a dental procedure that is performed to repair or save a damaged or infected tooth. It involves removing the damaged or infected pulp (the soft tissue inside the tooth) and cleaning and sealing the inside of the tooth.

Root canals are typically recommended when the pulp inside a tooth becomes infected or inflamed due to tooth decay, a cracked or broken tooth, repeated dental procedures, or trauma to the tooth. Without treatment, the infection can spread to other areas of the mouth, and eventually lead to tooth loss.

So, how can you tell if you need a root canal? Here are some signs to look out for:

  1. Tooth Pain: Pain is often the first sign of a dental problem. If you experience persistent pain in a tooth, especially when you bite down, this may be an indication that the tooth needs a root canal. The pain may also be severe enough to wake you up at night.
  2. Sensitivity to Temperature: If you experience sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages that lingers even after the stimulus has been removed, this may be another sign that you need a root canal.
  3. Swollen Gums: If you notice swelling and tenderness in the gums surrounding a particular tooth, this could be a sign that the tooth is infected and needs a root canal.
  4. Discoloration: A tooth that has become discolored or darkened may also be an indication that the pulp inside the tooth is damaged and needs to be removed.
  5. Abscess: If you notice a pimple-like bump on your gums that is filled with pus, this could be a sign that you have an abscessed tooth, which typically requires a root canal to treat.

If you experience any of these signs, it is important to see your dentist right away. Cameo Dentistry, with locations in Bloomingdale and Streamwood, can evaluate your tooth and determine if a root canal is necessary to save it.

Remember, early detection and treatment of dental problems is key to preventing further damage and preserving your natural teeth. So, don't wait until it's too late. If you have any concerns about your dental health, schedule an appointment with Cameo Dentistry today .

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