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Do I Need a Root Canal?

Find out the instances in which root canal therapy may be recommended.root canal

Unlike every other morning, this morning was a bit different because you woke up with a nagging toothache. Perhaps it woke you up in the middle of the night and left you tossing and turning. It may even hurt to chew food with this tooth. What could be happening, and when should you turn to our Woodstock, IL, dentist, Dr. Whitney Behm, for help?

What is root canal therapy?

Our Woodstock general dentist will recommend this procedure whenever there is a problem with the dental pulp, a structure that lies within the center the tooth that is part of the root canal system.

While enamel is strong and durable and is designed to protect the dental pulp from issues, there are a number of factors that can lead to needing root canal treatment in the future. These problems include:

  • Traumatic injury or direct impact to the tooth (e.g. sports-related injury; car accident)
  • Dental decay
  • A tooth infection
  • A faulty or leaky dental filling

What are symptoms to watch out for?

Of course, the only way to truly tell whether you need this endodontic treatment is to come in so that we can run X-rays to check whether the pulp has been damaged or not; however, there are certain symptoms that may surface that could be warning signs that you need to come into our office as soon as possible for treatment. These symptoms include:

  • A toothache that may get worse when biting down on the tooth or chewing food
  • Sudden pain or prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold foods or drinks
  • Darkening of the tooth
  • Swelling, pain or redness of the gums surrounding the tooth
  • Pus draining from the tooth

The moment you notice a toothache is the moment you should pick up the phone and give us a call. Even if the X-rays determine that an infected dental pulp is not to blame, a toothache is often a warning sign of a problem that could become potentially serious if left untreated.

Have a question about root canal treatment? Want to talk to us about the symptoms you are experiencing to see whether you should come into our office for care? If so, then it’s the perfect time to call City Square Dental in Woodstock, IL.

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