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Signs You Need a Root Canal

Root canals end pain from a tooth infection or inflammation and prevent tooth loss. If you've been suffering from any of these symptoms, it's time to visit your Findlay, OH, dentists, Drs. Bill Anderson and Austin Hoffner of Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center.

Pain or sensitivity in teeth

Your tooth may hurt or become sensitive to hot or cold temperatures if you have an infection or inflammation in your tooth pulp. The soft pulp at the center of your tooth contains blood vessels, tissues and nerves. Although the pulp is an essential part of the tooth during its formation, your tooth will function normally when the pulp is removed during root canal therapy.

Pain doesn't have to be constant to indicate a problem. Even mild or intermittent pain may be a sign that something isn't quite right with a tooth. You may notice that your symptoms increase when you press on the tooth or chew.

Sensitivity may occur when you drink a cup of coffee or enjoy an ice cream sundae. Pain may last as long as 30 minutes after you eat or drink something that triggers sensitivity.

Severe pain, fever and swelling

If you have severe, throbbing pain accompanied by a fever, facial swelling or swollen lymph nodes, you may have a bacterial infection called an abscess. Abscesses are dental emergencies, as the infection can spread throughout your body if you don't receive prompt treatment. Other symptoms of an abscess can include pus around your tooth or a pimple-like bump on your gum.

Gum tenderness

The gum around your tooth may be red and swollen if you need a root canal. If you touch the gum, pain may worsen. You may also notice a bad taste in your mouth.

Change in tooth color

The darkening of a tooth could be related to the changes occurring in your tooth pulp. If you notice that your tooth doesn't look the same as nearby teeth, let the dentist know.

A root canal can end your pain

During a root canal in the Findlay dental office, your dentist opens your tooth, removes the pulp, cleans the interior, shapes the root canals, and fills the tooth with a durable, rubber-based filling. You'll receive a local anesthetic before root canal therapy begins to ensure that you don't experience any pain during the procedure. Once your pulp is removed, you'll no longer notice any pain and will once again be able to chew without discomfort.

Root canals help you protect your smile. Call your dentists in Findlay, OH, Drs. Anderson and Hoffner of Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center at (419) 424-5850 to schedule your appointment.

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