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Do I need a root canal?

tooth diagram | Root Canals Bridgeton, MOA root canal is an important and useful dental procedure that allows us to save a tooth that might otherwise be lost. Root canal therapy is used to treat teeth that are severely infected or damaged.

Pain is a common symptom that may indicate the need for root canal therapy. The pain associated with a dental infection is usually described as deep or throbbing. Your tooth may also become extremely sensitive to pressure and changes in temperature. Other possible symptoms include:

  • Swelling in the gums
  • An abscess, which looks like a pimple on the gum
  • Discoloration of the tooth
  • Pain and tenderness in the gums

It is possible to have no pain at all and still require a root canal. This typically means that the tooth is so infected or damaged that the nerve has died. If left untreated, however, the infection can spread and the result can include bone loss, damage to the adjacent teeth, and eventually, tooth loss.

If You're In Pain, Call Your Bridgeton Dentist

If you are experiencing pain or have experienced significant trauma to your tooth, call our Bridgeton dental office immediately for an emergency dental appointment. We will examine your tooth and determine the appropriate treatment, which may include a root canal. We will always discuss your options with you before we start treatment.

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