What your dentists in Seymour want you to know.
If you have a tooth that hurts, you may be wondering what to do. The truth is you need to visit your dentist as soon as possible. You might need a simple filling, or you might need a root canal. Only your dentist will know for sure. There are a few signs and symptoms you may need a root canal. Dr. Matthew Pierce and Dr. Lane Severe at Jackson County Dental in Seymour, IN, want to share the facts about root canals and why you might need one.
Root canals are nothing to fear. In fact, a root canal is the best way to eliminate dental pain without removing a tooth. You might need a root canal if you experience any of these symptoms:
- Pain that increases when you consume hot or cold foods or beverages
- Pain that increases after dental treatment
- Stabbing or throbbing pain when you bite down or chew foods
- Pain that radiates into other areas including your face and jaws
It’s important to know that you may not feel any symptoms at all. Teeth can die naturally with little or no symptoms. You may notice a few signs like these:
- A tooth darkening or graying compared to the teeth next to it
- A red or white bump appearing next to a tooth root
- Bleeding or drainage coming out of your gums near a tooth root
There are many reasons why you might need a root canal, including if you have deep dental decay which has reached the pulp of your tooth. The pulp is the area where the nerves and blood supply to the tooth are located. If the nerves or blood supply are impaired, the tooth can begin to die. The pulp can also be damaged by an accident or injury to your mouth or jaws.
To find out more about root canal treatment, please visit the Endodontics page on the Jackson County Dental website by clicking on this link: http://www.jacksoncountydental.com/library/7780/Endodontics.html
Only your dentist will know for sure if you need a root canal. Don’t let tooth pain remain untreated. The longer you wait, the more damage to your tooth! Help is just a phone call away from Dr. Pierce and Dr. Severe at Jackson County Dental in Seymour, IN, so call today!