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Signs That You May Need A Root Canal

Root CanalDental cavities are the most common dental issue that people suffer! If you’ve never had a cavity, you either have great genes or great dental hygiene habits. However, if you are part of the majority of people who have suffered from a dental cavity, you are aware of the discomfort and pain they can cause.

If you let a cavity go too long without treatment, it will eventually burrow further into the tooth, finally reaching the tooth’s pulp. This is where the tooth’s nerves and blood vessels are located. Once the cavity reaches the pulp, an infection can begin, causing intense tenderness, pain, and sensitivity. Once this happens, you will need root canal therapy to clean the infection out and prevent any further damage.

How To Tell If You Need A Root Canal

No toothache is the same as another. Some may be caused by simple cavities, and others may be advanced infections. The best way for you to know the extent of the damage is to visit your dentist for an evaluation. However, there are a few universal signs of a tooth infection, which are below:

  • Chronic pain in a tooth that persists
  • Discoloration of the affected tooth
  • A bad taste in the mouth that persists
  • Tenderness, swelling, or redness in the gums near the affected tooth
  • Chronic bad breath

It is possible to have a tooth infection and not experience any pain. However, this does not mean that the infection isn’t becoming more severe. If you’re experiencing any combination of the above symptoms, make sure to schedule an appointment right away. The sooner an infection is caught, the better the outcome.

To make an appointment here at Lockett Orthodontics, please contact our Colorado Springs, CO orthodontic office today.

Posted on Mar 29, 2017

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