Signs You Might Need Root Canal Therapy

Do you know the warning signs of a damaged or infected tooth?root canal

Would you know the telltale signs that you may need a root canal? Do you know what symptoms warrant an immediate trip to one of our Yorkville, IL, dentists, Drs. Manpreet and Paul Singh? If you are wondering if changes in your oral health could mean that you could benefit from root canal treatment then it’s time you found out!

Why is a root canal performed?

Most people have heard of root canal therapy but they aren’t entirely sure what it is. This endodontic procedure is performed by our Yorkville general dentist when the inside of the tooth (known as the dental pulp) has become infected or inflamed.

The health and integrity of the dental pulp can be affected by severe decay, an infection, physical trauma or a faulty dental restoration like a filling or crown. Once the pulp has been affected the only option is to have it removed through this simple procedure.

How do I know I need root canal therapy?

Unfortunately, it isn’t always possible for someone to know whether they are dealing with dental issues or not because symptoms aren’t always present. This is why it’s important that everyone visits their dentist every six months for routine exams. These exams, along with annual x-rays, help us look for signs of infection, decay and damage that might otherwise go unnoticed.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that people never experience symptoms. In fact, a lot of people come into our office complaining of these issues:

  • Severe or persistent tooth pain
  • Difficulty chewing or biting down due to dental pain
  • Increased or sudden tooth sensitivity
  • Darkening of the tooth
  • Tender, swollen or red gums
  • An abscess on the gums

If you are noticing any of these symptoms then this could very well mean that you will need to undergo root canal treatment. Of course, some people hear these words and immediately panic or decide to just ignore the problem. This is the worst thing you could do. This problem won’t go away on its own, it will only get worse. If you care about maintaining your smile and you don’t want to face tooth loss or other problems in the near future, it’s important that you get the care your smile needs right now.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it’s important that you seek dental care immediately to prevent serious problems from happening. Call York Towne Dental in Yorkville, IL, today and let us know what’s going on with your smile.