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If you had to list the treatment that worried you the most, what would you say? Was it root canal therapy? If it was, you aren’t alone, but did you know that root canals have a bad reputation because of how they used to be done? In modern dentistry, root canal therapy—which consists of removing the pulp from the center of your tooth—is typically compared with filling a cavity? Still, though root canal therapy may be unfairly dreaded, it is also very important to prevent the spread of infection. But how can you know if you need root canal therapy? Granted, a dentist will be able to give you a precise answer, but we’re happy to offer a few signs you should watch for.

As a general rule, if you have a toothache you should call a dentist. If you have intense pain that refuses to subside, you may need root canal therapy. This is especially true if you experience pain or sensitivity to temperature while you’re chewing.

Similarly, if your gums swell you may need root canal therapy. In reality, it doesn’t matter how sever the swelling is, or if it visible outside of your smile or not. Another sign related to this problem is a painful, potentially recurring, pimple on your gums.

Finally, if one or more of your teeth start to take on a different shade, there may be a problem with your pulp. Because the outer layer of your teeth is transparent, if you pulp becomes infected it can be visible on your smile.

If you are interested in learning more about common signs of a root canal problem, please feel free to contact us. We are excited to hear from you soon.