Certain dental procedures have a bad reputation; a root canal is usually one of them.
Root canals are actually an incredibly useful procedure that can save your tooth and prevent a dental extraction. Not all tooth pain leads to a root canal appointment, but when combined with some other symptoms, a root canal is often the recommended course of action.
Today’s root canal procedures are more comfortable than in the past because of our knowledge and use of advanced anesthetic techniques. We will never begin working on a tooth until it is completely numb.
Here are some signs and symptoms of an infected nerve that may benefit from root canal therapy:
Swelling and Pain
Inflammation often indicates an infection. If your jaw or the area around your tooth appears swollen and feels painful, you should contact your dentist right away. The sooner we hear from you, the better the chances are that we can save your tooth.
A Small Bump on Your Gums
A small bump that develops on your gums serves the purpose of relieving the pressure from infection as a drainage outlet for infection-related pus. This can keep your swelling down, but does not mean that your tooth is out of the woods. A root canal can eliminate the infection associated with an abscess.
Sensitivity to Hot Liquids and Foods
Sensitivity to varying temperatures after dental work is sometimes normal, but if sensitivity springs up out of the blue, especially to heat, it can indicate damage to the pulp inside your tooth’s root. Just like with any other infection, heat can feel especially aggravating to an infected tooth.
Contact Us Right Away!
If you suspect you need a root canal or would like more information about the benefits of root canals and you live in the Monroe Township, NJ area, we can help. Dr. Simran Virdee is highly skilled and experienced in endodontics.