Do you know the warning signs that may indicate that you need a root canal? Our Lubbock, TX, dentists, Dr. Jimmy Hill and Dr. Camie Davis of Hill-Davis Dental Group, explain a few things you might notice if you have an at-risk tooth.
Your tooth won't stop hurting
Pain occurs when an inflammation or infection affects your tooth pulp. Soft pulp is protected by the harder dentin and enamel layers of the teeth and contains nerves, tissue and blood vessels. Pain can come and go or may be constant. If you need a root canal, your tooth may feel worse when you chew on it or even press or tap on it with your finger. Eating or drinking hot or cold foods and beverages can also worsen pain. Pain may linger for a half-hour or more after your tooth has been exposed to hot or cold temperatures.
Root canals remove the pulp, eliminating the source of the inflammation and infection. After the pulp is removed, the tooth is cleaned thoroughly and the root canals are shaped with small files before a flexible filling is added to the tooth.
Your tooth has changed color
Have you noticed that one of your teeth suddenly looks darker? The change in color may be a sign that you need a root canal.
Your gums are puffy
Your gums may also be affected if you need a root canal. You may notice that your gums are red, swollen and painful.
You had a tooth injury
Did a fall or blow to your face loosen or break your tooth? You might need a root canal. Ignoring the problem can result in the loss of your tooth.
You feel sick
Do have tooth pain and a fever? The two symptoms may be related. Although an illness can certainly cause a fever, you may have a dental abscess, a condition that occurs when you develop a bacterial infection in your pulp. In addition to a fever, other abscess symptoms may include pus or a bump near the tooth, swelling on one side of your face and swollen lymph glands. Unfortunately, the infection may travel to other parts of your body if you don't receive prompt treatment. Call our Lubbock office immediately if you're concerned that you have have an abscess.
Root canals protect your smile. Call Dr. Hill and Dr. Davis of Hill-Davis Dental Group in Lubbock, TX, at (806) 793-0651 if you're concerned about tooth pain or other symptoms.