What are some signs that indicate you may seek root canal therapy?

What is root canal therapy?


Endodontic therapy, commonly known as root canal therapy, is a dental treatment that removes the infection from the interior of a tooth. It can also guard against subsequent infections. The root canal procedure is not a painful treatment and saves the tooth from extraction.


When do you need a root canal?


When oral germs enter the pulp inside your tooth, root canal therapy is required. The need for root canal therapy commonly occurs when a cavity is left untreated for an extended time. It might also happen if your tooth is fractured or damaged because of a trauma.


What are the symptoms of the tooth canal?


In some cases, you may be clueless that you have an infected tooth. Many people, however, detect specific signs. The following are indications that you require a root canal:

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  • Severe toothache: A variety of dental issues cause tooth pain. If you are experiencing discomfort deep within your tooth, you may require root canal therapy. You may also have discomfort in your jaw, cheeks, or other teeth.
  • Sensitivity: If your tooth hurts when you sip a hot drink or eat ice cream, you may require root canal therapy. This is particularly true if the pain lasts longer than a few seconds.
  • Swollen gums: When a tooth gets infected, pus can form in the surrounding area. Pus might result in puffy, inflamed, or sore gums.
  • Pimple on the gums: You may get a pimple or boil on your gums. Pus from the affected tooth may flow from the pimple, resulting in an unpleasant taste or odor.
  • Swollen jaw: Occasionally, pus does not flow from the area. As a result, your jaw gets swollen.
  • Tooth discoloration: it occurs when the tooth pulp gets infected, causing the tooth to seem darker. The discoloration is due to a lack of blood flow to the tooth.
  • When you apply pressure to your tooth, you may experience discomfort. This might indicate that the nerves around the pulp have been affected.
  • Chipped tooth: If you break a tooth in an accident, while playing sports, or even while biting down on something hard, germs might enter the tooth pulp.
  • Loose tooth: A tooth that is infected may feel loose. Your teeth become loose because the fluid from an infected pulp can weaken the bone that supports the tooth.




It's frightening to have tooth pain or swelling in your jaw. Fortunately, root canal treatment can treat infection at its source, allowing you to feel better sooner. If you sense you have an infected or abscessed tooth, contact your doctor immediately. Early treatment can stop the infection from spreading and ease discomfort, allowing you to resume your life.


Contact your Lafayette dentist, Dr. Massood Darvishzadeh, DDS at Lafayette Dental Group today to learn more about Root Canal therapy.




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