Find out if the dental symptoms you are experiencing could spell root canal therapy for your smile.
Did you wake up with a sudden toothache? Does something just not feel right with your teeth but you just can’t seem to put your finger on it? Our Lakewood, CO, dentist Dr. Thomas Nyvold sees countless patients who present with symptoms that need to be treated right away with root canal treatment. Find out if this endodontic treatment is necessary for you.
In some cases, people may require root canal treatment but not know it because they never experience symptoms. So it can come as quite a surprise when they go in for a routine cleaning and our Lakewood, CO, general dentist tells them that they require this treatment. This is just one reason we recommend that everyone comes in for routine cleanings and exams twice a year so that if there are any issues we are able to detect them.
Of course, there are some classic symptoms and signs that you might need root canal therapy. These symptoms include,
- A severe toothache
- Dental pain that gets worse when putting pressure on the tooth or chewing
- Redness, swelling and tenderness of the gums surrounding the tooth
- Tooth discoloration or darkening
- A pimple-like bump on the gums (known as an abscess)
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it’s important that you call us right away so that we can examine and treat the issue at hand. While these symptoms can also be indicative of other problems it’s important that your teeth and gums get the care they need to remain healthy.
What does root canal treatment entail anyway?
The reason your tooth is giving you trouble is that the structure inside the tooth, known as the dental pulp, is either diseased or inflamed. This happens when decay, infection or trauma to the tooth has set it and has been able to penetrate the hard enamel layers and affect the health of the pulp. When this occurs, the only option we have is to go in and remove the pulp and clean out the tooth to get rid of bacteria and prevent another infection in the future.
While root canal treatment does get a bad rap, it’s the only way to treat the problem tooth and it will preserve the overall structure of the tooth so that you won’t need to have the tooth extracted and then replaced. Plus, this procedure will also eliminate the source of your dental pain, which we know is a major relief for any toothache sufferer.
At the first sign of any dental changes, it’s important that you turn to the dental experts at T.E.N. Family Dentistry in Lakewood, CO, to fix any issues that could cause more serious complications for your smile. Whether it’s an emergency or not, we can get you the appointment that you need right away.