Swollen gums and a long-lasting toothache that just won’t go away may be signs that you have a badly decayed or infected tooth. If this describes your situation, you may need root canal treatment from Martinez Family Dental.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a dental procedure that’s performed when a tooth’s dental pulp becomes damaged or its nerve becomes infected. During a root canal procedure, a root canal dentist removes the nerve and pulp, enabling the inside of your tooth to be cleaned and sealed – eliminating the tooth infection and root canal pain altogether.
Are Root Canals Painful?
Contrary to popular belief, root canals are not painful. In fact, most people report that having a root canal is no more painful than simply getting a tooth filled. What’s more, the pain and discomfort from living with an infected tooth is typically far greater than the root canal procedure itself, which effectively removes the problem once and for all.
Root Canal Symptoms
It’s not always easy to know if you need a root canal procedure and sometimes no symptoms are present. However, some common signs that you may need a root canal include:
- Severe toothache pain when chewing or applying pressure
- Prolonged sensitivity or pain to hot or cold temperatures (after the heat or cold has been removed)
- Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
- Swelling and tenderness in nearby gums
- Recurring or persistent pimple on the gums
If you notice any of the root canal symptoms above, we strongly encourage you to make an appointment for a dental examination as soon as possible. Through X-rays and other specialized tests, the dental experts at Martinez Family Dental can identify and relieve your tooth pain.
To determine if you need a root canal, please contact Martinez Family Dental to make an appointment.