A root canal performed by your Lubbock, TX, dentists, Drs. Jimmy Hill and Camie Davis of Hill-Davis Dental Group, can help you avoid tooth loss if the pulp inside your tooth becomes inflamed or infected. One or more of these warning signs may occur if you need a root canal.
Your tooth starts to hurt
Pain in a tooth is always a good reason to pay a visit to the dentist in Lubbock TX office. Changes deep inside your tooth pulp may be the reason that your tooth has started to hurt. Unfortunately, toothaches don't go away without help. Even if your pain is fairly mild or seems to come and go, it's important to make a dental appointment. If you ignore the pain, it will become worse.
Eating is painful
Taking a bite of food or even pressing on your tooth is very uncomfortable when you have an inflammation or infection.
Your tooth is very sensitive
Does your tooth hurt more when you eat or drink certain foods and beverages? If you need a root canal, you may notice that pain increases after you eat or drink foods and drinks that are hot or cold or contain sugar. During root canal therapy, your dentist Lubbock TX removes your infected or inflamed pulp, cleans the tooth, shapes the root canals, and places a rubber-based filling in the tooth.
Your smile looks a little different
Dental stains may make your teeth look duller, but stains usually affect your teeth uniformly. If just one tooth has become darker, you may need a root canal.
Your gums hurt
Your red, sore gum may be related to the infection or inflammation in your tooth pulp.
You experienced a blow to the face
Root canal therapy can help you avoid tooth loss due to trauma. If you've recently received a blow to your face, let your dentist Lubbock TX know.
You feel ill and your tooth hurts
If your tooth hurts, and you don't feel well, you may have an abscess. Abscesses are bacterial infections in the pulp that can spread to other parts of your body without treatment. Other signs of an abscess may include:
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Facial swelling
- Bump on your gum near the tooth
- Pus around your tooth
Call the dentist immediately if you have these symptoms. Antibiotic treatment and root canal therapy will help save your tooth and prevent the infection from spreading.
Keep your smile healthy with root canal therapy! Call your dentists in Lubbock, TX, Drs. Hill and Davis of Hill-Davis Dental Group, at (806) 793-0651 to schedule your appointment.