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Did you know that a root canal is technically just a different name for the nerve (also called pulp) in the center of a tooth? Or that root canal therapy is simply removing that pulp if it is damaged or infected, then sealing your tooth again? While root canal therapy is dreaded, it is also very important to prevent the spread of infection. But how can you know if you need root canal therapy? Granted, a dentist will be able to give you a precise answer, but we’re happy to offer a few signs you should watch for.

As a general rule, if you have a toothache you should call a dentist. If you have intense pain that refuses to subside, you may need root canal therapy. This is especially true if you experience pain or sensitivity to temperature while you’re chewing.

Similarly, if your gums swell you may need root canal therapy. In reality, it doesn’t matter how sever the swelling is, or if it visible outside of your smile or not. Another sign related to this problem is a painful, potentially recurring, pimple on your gums.

Lastly, there are quite a few reasons that your tooth may become discolored. For example, if you fall and damage and hit your tooth, or are hit in the mouth while playing sports, your pulp could be damaged and discolored. Another potential reason is an infection in the dental pulp. Since the outer layer of your tooth is translucent, the inward changes to your pulp are visible outside of your tooth.

If you are interested in learning more about common signs of a root canal problem, please feel free to contact us. We are excited to hear from you soon.