Root canals performed by the dentists at Community Health Clinic in Vandergrift, Greensburg and New Kensington, PA, help you avoid losing an infected or inflamed tooth. Do you know what signs and symptoms you might notice if you need a root canal?
Common root canal signs and symptoms
Root canals are needed when the pulp at the center of your tooth becomes inflamed or infected. During a root canal, your dentist opens your tooth, takes out the pulp, cleans the tooth and adds a filling. Despite the loss of your pulp, your tooth will feel and work exactly the same.
If you don't see your Vandergrift, Greensburg or New Kensington, PA, dentist and ignore root canal signs, you may lose your tooth. Signs and symptoms of an infected or inflamed tooth include:
- Pain: Pain is the root canal symptom that most often brings people to the dental office. Your pain may be mild, moderate or severe, may come and go or be constant, or might worsen when you chew or press on your tooth.
- Sensitivity: Does your tooth feel worse when you eat or drink hot, cold or sugary foods and beverages? An inflammation or infection can make your tooth very sensitive. In fact, you may continue to experience pain for as long as 30 minutes after you finish eating or drinking.
- Change in Color: A problem deep inside your tooth could be the reason that it looks darker or has changed color.
- Gum Pain: Redness, swelling and pain in the gum tissue around the tooth can also occur if you need a root canal.
- Facial Swelling: Is the lower half of your face swollen? Swelling in your face can be a sign of a dental abscess. Abscesses are caused by a bacterial infection in your tooth and require emergency dental treatment. Other abscess symptoms include fever, swollen lymph nodes, pus around your tooth, a bump on your gum, and severe, throbbing pain. If you have any of these symptoms, call your dentist right away. In addition to a root canal, you'll need antibiotics to kill the germs in your tooth and prevent the infection from spreading to other parts of your body.
Protect your smile with a root canal! Schedule an appointment with the dentists at Community Health Clinic by calling (724) 335-3334 for the New Kensington, PA, office, (724) 204-1801 for the Greensburg, PA, office, or (724) 567-5671 for the Vandergrift office.