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What Are the Signs I Need a Root Canal?

girl undergoing root canal surgery

Dental emergencies are no fun, but knowing what signs or symptoms to look for can help you stay calm if one occurs. Today, we want to talk about root canal therapy. Only your dentist can determine whether you need a root canal, but knowing some of the signs you may need the procedure can help you get the treatment you need.

What Is a Root Canal?

Although root canals have a bad (false) reputation for causing pain and discomfort, the truth is they actually ease your pain. We use root canals to save a badly decayed or infected tooth, instead of simply extracting the tooth. During the procedure, we remove the damaged nerve and pulp inside of the tooth, clean the cavity, and then seal it. This prevents further damage from infection or decay and can help preserve your smile. While you may feel a little bit of discomfort during and after the procedure, excessive pain is not normal.

How Do I Know If I Need a Root Canal?

Root canals become necessary when tooth decay or infection is severely advanced. If you feel serious pain when eating or putting pressure on your tooth, this can be a sign you need root canal therapy. Another indicator is lingering sensitivity to hot or cold foods. Other times, you may develop small, pimple-like bumps on your gum near the damaged tooth.

How Long Does It Take to Recover From a Root Canal?

Root canal recovery is typically pretty quick. After all, the procedure is designed to remove the source of your pain caused by infection or decay. Most patients feel back to normal after about three days. Our team will provide clear instructions on how to care for your tooth after a root canal to help you have a smooth recovery. To ask us any questions or to schedule your next visit, call our office today!

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