Signs You May Need a Root Canal

What Dr. Elizondo, Dr. Marinescu and their associates at Sudbury Family Dental Care would like you to know

Tooth pain is a common problem, and it’s often difficult to know what to do. Sometimes the pain goes away by itself, but sometimes you root canalneed a little help from your dentist. You may need just a filling, or you may need a root canal. Your dentists at Sudbury Family Dental Care in Sudbury, MA Dr. Maria Elizondo Marinescu, Dr. Sorin Marinescu and their associates want to share some of the signs and symptoms you may experience if you need a root canal.

A root canal might be needed if you experience:

  • Increasing tooth pain if the tooth is exposed to hot and cold
  • Increasing tooth pain after dental treatment
  • Chronic aching and throbbing pain especially if you bite down
  • Pain that spreads from your tooth into your jaws or face
  • A tooth that is getting darker compared to the teeth around it
  • A white or red bump in your gums next to the tooth root
  • Bleeding or pus coming from your gums next to the tooth root

You may need a root canal for several reasons. If you’ve suffered dental trauma from an accident or sports injury, it can bruise the inner part of your tooth, known as the pulp. Tooth decay is another main reason why you might need a root canal. If tooth decay has only penetrated through the enamel and the layer underneath, called dentin, you may only need a filling; however, if decay has penetrated into the inner chamber of your tooth, the pulp, where the nerves and blood supply are, you need a root canal.

When you experience tooth pain, the quicker you visit your dentist, the better. Your dentist uses state-of-the-art digital x-rays and testing procedures to determine for sure if you need a root canal.

If you need a root canal and are nervous about dental treatment, don’t worry. Dr. Elizondo, Dr. Marinescu and their associates at Sudbury Family Dental Care can provide pain-free dentistry using many different methods of sedation. You can eliminate your tooth pain and still keep your smile, thanks to root canal therapy. Just pick up the phone and call Sudbury Family Dental Care in Sudbury, MA today!