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How Do You Know If You Need Root Canal Therapy? Jefferson, GA
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Root canal therapy has a bad reputation, but the untreated, infected root that causes pain is to blame. In fact, most dental patients say that they do not feel any pain during root canal therapy. In addition, the treatment alleviates tooth pain by removing the source of the problem.

However, having a root canal performed is not the solution to all tooth pain. Still, it should be done as promptly as possible if one is required. How can you tell if your tooth pain requires a root canal?

Specific symptoms indicate when a root canal is necessary. A visit to Jefferson Dental Care is a sure way to confirm your suspicions while eliminating your pain, whether with root canal therapy or otherwise.

Tooth Anatomy Facts to Understand Root Canal Therapy

Your teeth have an enamel layer, a dentin layer and a soft core that continues into the jawbone root. This more delicate tissue in the center, protected under the hard enamel and dentin shell, is known as “dental pulp.” It contains connective tissue, nerves and blood vessels, all of which become vulnerable to infection if the pulp is exposed. This can occur if the tooth is damaged; for example, if it has cavities or is badly cracked. Bacteria can easily infiltrate the pulp of a compromised tooth, causing infection and decay.

Root canals remove tooth decay from the pulp down to the root. However, the bacteria will eventually cause tooth and jawbone loss if a root canal is not performed.

Signs You May Need Root Canal Therapy

The following symptoms could indicate the need for root canal therapy:

Extreme Pain
If your dental pulp is infected, you may experience sudden, wave-like pain or more pain in the tooth or surrounding gums when you put pressure on the area.
Gums with Bumps
A tooth that needs a root canal may cause fistulas (pimple-like lumps on your gums).
Sensitivity to Cold and Hot
If you require a root canal, the sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures lasts long after the food or drink has been consumed.
Gums Swelling
Swollen gums may indicate an infected tooth if they are also tender and painful to touch.
Gums Changing Color (Turning Dark)
Infected teeth lead to gum decay. When gums decay, they turn dark.

Visit the Dentist if You Think You Need Root Canal Therapy

If you suspect a tooth infection, Jefferson Dental Care’s thorough assessment can swiftly determine if a root canal is what you need. Contact our office as soon as you can to schedule an appointment.

Posted on behalf of Jefferson Dental Care

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Jefferson GA, 30549

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