Are you concerned that pain or changes in your teeth or gums may be signs that you need a root canal? Although you'll need to pay a visit to the dentist to be sure that a root canal is needed, you may notice a few signs and symptoms if your tooth pulp becomes inflamed or infected. Root canals are just one of the services that Reno, NV, dentist Dr. Jintae Park of JP Dental Care provides.
How can I tell if need a root canal?
Pain is often the symptom that prompts people to schedule a visit to their Reno, NV, dentist. It's important to visit any time you have pain in your teeth, even if it comes and goes. If you ignore it, it will eventually become constant. The longer you wait, the more likely that you'll need extensive dental treatment to address your problem.
Does your tooth hurt more when you chew or put pressure on it? When the pulp in the center of your tooth is inflamed or infected, even the slightest pressure can worsen pain. You may also notice that your pain intensifies after eating or drinking hot or cold foods and beverages. In fact, the pain may continue for as long a half-hour after you finish eating or drinking.
Painful, swollen and red gums may also occur if you need root canal therapy. These changes could also indicate that you have gum disease and should always be evaluated by your dentist. Tooth darkening can occur in some cases. A change in tooth color is a warning sign that shouldn't be ignored.
Severe, throbbing pain often occurs if you have a dental abscess in your pulp. The bacterial infection is considered a dental emergency and must be treated immediately with antibiotics to prevent the spread of the infection. In addition to pain, other signs and symptoms of a dental abscess include facial swelling near the problem tooth, fever and swollen lymph glands. If you take a look in the mirror, you may see a collection of pus around the tooth or notice that a bump that looks like a pimple has formed on the gum next to it.
What happens during a root canal?
Without root canal treatment, you may eventually lose your tooth. During the procedure, your pulp is removed and replaced with a rubber filling. The treatment also involves cleaning and shaping the small root canals that travel from the top of your tooth into the roots.
For questions on root canals, call your dentist, Dr. Jintae Park of JP Dental Care in Reno, NV, at (775) 853-0503 to schedule your appointment.