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Did you know that a root canal is technically just a different name for the nerve (also called pulp) in the center of a tooth? Or that root canal therapy is simply removing that pulp if it is damaged or infected, then sealing your tooth again? While root canal therapy is dreaded, it is also very important to prevent the spread of infection. But how can you know if you need root canal therapy? Granted, a dentist will be able to give you a precise answer, but we’re happy to offer a few signs you should watch for.

As a general rule, if you have a toothache you should call a dentist. If you have intense pain that refuses to subside, you may need root canal therapy. This is especially true if you experience pain or sensitivity to temperature while you’re chewing.

While visiting a dentist for a toothache seems fairly obvious, what about a pimple? If you notice a painful pimple near your gums—especially if that pimple if filled with pus—it could be an indicator of swelling inside your tooth. Similarly, you may need root canal treatment if you notice swelling on your gums or even going down your neck.

Finally, if one or more of your teeth start to take on a different shade, there may be a problem with your pulp. Because the outer layer of your teeth is transparent, if you pulp becomes infected it can be visible on your smile.

If you are interested in learning more about common signs of a root canal problem, please feel free to contact us. We are excited to hear from you soon.