Root canals are often associated with pain because if you need one, it is likely that your tooth is infected. Tooth infections are quite painful and don't resolve on their own, unfortunately. However, root canal therapy actually relieves the pain from your tooth infection immediately since Dr. Palm will numb the tooth for the procedure. It also eliminates your infection and preserves your natural tooth.
Besides pain, there are several other signs that you may need a root canal in Prairieville.
#1 A Constant or Severe Toothache
A toothache that doesn't go away with over-the-counter medication can indicate an infection. Please don't ignore the pain, thinking it will go away. A tooth infection left untreated can result in tooth loss and damage to surrounding teeth.
#2 Facial Swelling
Swelling of your gums or face could also indicate an infection. Call your emergency dentist in Prairieville if you're experiencing gum or facial swelling.
#3 A Fractured or Cracked Tooth
A crack or fracture in your tooth could allow bacteria into the nerves of your tooth and result in an infection. Even if your cracked tooth is not painful at first, contact your dentist right away to arrange a repair for it.
#4 A Discolored Tooth
If you notice your tooth looking grey or shadowed, this could signify tooth decay. That decay and bacteria can work further into your tooth and cause an infection.
#5 A White Bump on Your Gums
An infection can sometimes manifest as a white bump or "pimple" on the gum tissue surrounding your infected tooth. Don't try to treat or "drain" the pimple. Instead, contact your dentist immediately for an examination.
#6 Temperature Sensitivity
If your tooth is achy when you consume hot or cold foods or beverages, this is another telltale sign of tooth decay or an infection.
Contact Palm Family Dentistry
If you suspect you might need root canal treatment or you're in pain, don't wait to call us at (225) 622-2545 for prompt care.
If you're concerned about cost or looking for a dentist with payment plans, Palm Family Dentistry is also here to help you fit the treatment you need comfortably into your budget.