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3 Signs That Mean It Might Be Time for a Root Canal

August 12, 2017
Posted By: Thomas P. Riley, DMD
Summerville SC Root Canals

Nobody likes to talk about root canals because they have the unfortunate reputation of being challenging and uncomfortable. However, with updated techniques and technology, your Summerville dentist can perform root canals that are no more complicated than having a tooth filled.

And while lots of people associate root canals with pain, but the truth is that root canal treatment doesn’t cause pain, it relieves it.

Timely Treatment is Essential

While we understand that you would rather not think about a root canal, it’s important for you to know the signs of root canal infection. By the time you notice any of these signs, the disease has already damaged your tooth. If we don’t get in and remove the infection right away, you will experience increased discomfort, and without treatment, you will ultimately lose the tooth.

We perform root canal therapy when the nerve of a tooth becomes inflamed and infected because of dental decay, a broken or cracked tooth, or dental injury. If you have ever had an infected root canal, the first thing you probably noticed was severe pain. But other signs may also indicate the need for a root canal.

  1. A raised bump on the gums
  2. Sensitivity to hot or cold foods
  3. Discomfort when you bite down

Please Call Our Office If You Notice These Signs

These are common signs of a root canal infection, but they may also be an indication of another problem. Of course, we can’t identify the reason for these symptoms until we can perform an examination and take x-rays to see what’s going on inside your teeth.

If you are experiencing any of these signs, please call our Summerville, SC dental office right away. Whether the symptom is related to an infected root or another dental problem, we need to see you as quickly as possible to provide you with relief and prevent further damage to your tooth. If you are in severe pain, we will make arrangements for you to come in to see us the same day

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