Signs You Need a Root Canal
September 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Is root canal therapy in your future? Find out what your tooth is trying to tell you!root canal

While no one wants to undergo restorative dentistry procedures, sometimes they are necessary in order to preserve the health of a tooth. In this case, if a tooth is infected, decayed or injured, this can affect an inner structure known as the dental pulp. When the dental pulp becomes damaged or infected it’s time for our Reno, NV dentist, Dr. Melinda Kuhn, to remove it. Are you experiencing symptoms that could be trying to tell you that you need root canal treatment? Find out now!

While you may not always get warning signs that you need dental treatment, there are some common symptoms that can manifest themselves. The most common symptom is dental pain. Now pain takes many shapes and forms. Maybe you only notice pain when you chew or bite down on the tooth. On the other hand, you may experience persistent pain.

The pain may be characterized as aching, throbbing or severe. Regardless of the type of pain you are dealing with, dental pain of any kind isn’t good. It’s often a sign of decay or infection that has spread far enough to reach the dental pulp.

The dental pulp is the structure that lies inside the tooth and because it’s made up of nerves, you could call it the “feeling center” of the tooth. When the pulp is damaged or infected, it will cause the pain you are experiencing right now. Pain alone is enough of a reason to pick up the phone and schedule an immediate appointment with our Reno general dentist.

Along with pain, you may also notice these other unpleasant oral symptoms:

  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Gum swelling or tenderness near the tooth
  • A pimple-like growth (known as an abscess) around the affected tooth

Of course, these symptoms can also be indicative of other dental problems that require urgent attention. Either way, don’t try to diagnose the problem yourself (and don’t ignore it). Let our dental team diagnose and treat the issue right away before complications set in.

If we do discover that the dental pulp is infected or damaged then we will need to remove it. This is the purpose behind getting root canal therapy. Besides removing the pulp we will also disinfect the inside of the tooth to prevent the infection from returning.

If you are experiencing a toothache, tooth sensitivity or other symptoms then it’s time you turned to the Reno, NV dental experts at Kuhn Family Dentistry. Don’t let this problem linger!