Do I need a root canal?
Only a dentist can determine whether a root canal is necessary. There are, however, certain signs and symptoms that can point toward root canal therapy as an appropriate therapy.
One of the most notorious of these is, of course, pain. The pain caused by an infection inside the tooth is obvious and insistent. Some patients describe this pain as “electric” in nature. If you are in pain, please call our office right away so that we can get you in for an emergency appointment.
While pain is common, you can still have a problem that requires root canal therapy and not experience pain. Some of the other signs include:
- Sensitivity in the tooth
- Darkening of the tooth
- A pimple-like lesion on the gums
Sometimes there aren’t any external symptoms, but the problem is identified at a routine visit during x-rays. This is one of the reasons why keeping up with regular examinations is so important. Catching problems early can help you avoid pain.
If root canal therapy is appropriate, Dr. Rahm will discuss this with you and make sure that you have all the information you need to make decisions about your dental care. We are here to answer any questions and concerns you might have.
If you have recently damaged a tooth or you are experiencing any symptoms that might point to an infection, please call our Chesterfield dental office today.