5 Signs You Need a Root Canal

5 Signs You Need a Root Canal

Root canals can sound intimidating for most people, but with advanced technology nowadays, root canals are just a quick, comfortable procedure that can help to relieve your pain and save your natural tooth.

Root canals are also referred to as endodontic therapy, and is an effective dental procedure that removes infections from the root of a damaged or decayed tooth; after which the remaining soft tissue within is sterilized and then sealed in the tooth with a dental crown. At Bronitsky Family Dentistry, Dr. Erica Bronitsky offers patients Root Canal Therapy in Aloha, OR.

If you notice any throbbing pain on one or more of your teeth, visit Dr. Bronitsky and she can diagnose you properly in order to see if a root canal treatment is needed.

So how can you determine if you need a root canal? Below are some major signs and symptoms to consider:

  • Constant and Throbbing Pain

If you are experiencing tooth pain of aching, burning, shooting, stabbing or throbbing – can’t get on with your day type of pain, it might be a great idea to call up your dentist for an appointment. This is a huge indicator – if your tooth pain is affecting daily activities such as eating or drinking, then it’s a huge red flag.

  • Large Cavities, Cracked Teeth or a Failed Filling

Have you noticed any cracks on your tooth, or that a filling has fallen out and a small cavity has gotten larger? These might be great signs you might need a root canal. Head on over to Dr. Bronitsky’s office and she can examine the issue, and chances are she may be able to prescribe a simple dental crown or a new filling instead.

  • Tender and Swollen Gums

Swelling gums are typically a sign of infection; though in some cases it doesn’t have anything to do with needing endodontic therapy. It can also be a sign of gum disease or the result of physical trauma.

  • Sensitivity to Pressure and Extreme Temperatures

If you are noticing a dull, lingering ache whenever you eat or drink something hot or cold, this might be a sign. This pain can start off short then could last longer or get more intense as the weeks pass – call up your dentist and get that checked right away.

  • Bumps, Abscesses, Pus and Discoloration

Another sign you may need a root canal is tooth discoloration (and not because of smoking or drinking coffee) but can be a sign of long standing internal tooth infections that necessitate severe treatment. Gum abscesses and bumps are often filled with blood and pus, which can not only leave a bad taste in your mouth when they eventually burst and drain, but also spread the infection.

These are just the top 5 signifiers you may need a root canal. Are you experiencing any of the above? Call our office at Bronitsky Family Dentistry today, and schedule your appointment!

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17952 SW Blanton St
Aloha, OR 97007