Palm Family Dentistry

Signs You May Need a Root Canal

January 23, 2021
Posted By: Palm Family Dentistry

When someone mentions anything about a root canal, people seem to run for the hills. It’s possible you even hesitated when clicking on this article because of how scary root canals often seem. It’s no surprise the general public is afraid of root canals because of their infamous association with pain.

But what if we told you root canal therapy isn't nearly as painful as it seems? Root canal treatment at Palm Family Dentistry isn’t like those of the days of old. Modern root canal treatments save patients’ teeth and gum health without inflicting unnecessary pain on your mouth. 

What Is Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal therapy repairs and saves a decayed or infected tooth. The tooth’s pulp houses blood vessels and nerves, and when these vessels and nerves are damaged, inflamed, or infected, the pulp must be removed. After the pulp is gently removed from the tooth, your dentist cleans and seals the tooth to protect it from further damage. 

Root Canal Therapy at Palm Family Dentistry

People often assume root canal therapy is painful; however, the procedure itself is fairly painless. Many patients compare the experience of root canal therapy to that of a tooth filling. Believe it or not, the discomfort you experience before seeking dental treatment is the most painful part of the process.

Signs You May Need Root Canal Therapy 

A tooth’s pulp can become damaged, inflamed, or infected for a number of reasons. Whether you experienced physical trauma or have deep tooth decay, the following signs may mean you need prompt treatment: 

  • Severe toothache
  • Tooth pain when chewing 
  • Swollen and tender gums 
  • Recurring blisters or bumps on the gums 
  • Darkening of the tooth or teeth 
  • Chronic sensitivity to hot and cold beverages 

Though the above list outlines common symptoms, patients sometimes experience no symptoms at all. Don't wait until the pain is unbearable or our health is at risk. Our team is here to help you with any dental emergency you may experience. 

Save Your Smile with Root Canal Therapy

If you experience chronic pain and swelling, or you suspect you may have infected tooth pulp, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and give us a call. Dr. Palm can treat decayed, infected, and injured teeth with a masterful and careful hand. Our state-of-the-art equipment and compassionate dental care team can help relieve your symptoms and protect your oral health for years to come.

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