Ryan Rush DDS PLLC

When Do You Need a Root Canal?

September 30, 2022
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Posted By: Ryan Rush DDS

The blood vessels and tissues in your tooth roots run through canals and provide moisture and nutrition to your tooth. Like all tissue, root canals can become infected. Sometimes this is due to deep decay, but trauma, systemic disease, strong pressure, and damage can all lead to root infection.

If you need root canal treatment, your Fort Collins, CO emergency dentist can sometimes detect it with routine dental x-rays; however, other times, your body will let you know there is a problem.

What Are the Symptoms of Root Canal Infection?

Like many infections, root canal infections can be silent in the early phases. Here are some not-so-silent signs that you might need a trip to Ryan Rush DDS, PLLC, for an emergency dental exam.

  • Pain – Pain can start small and get worse over time. It may even come and go.
  • Swelling – Inflammation of the gums and jaw is a sign of disease.
  • Discoloration – If you had trauma to the face and your tooth turns dark, it likely needs treatment.
  • Foul odor or taste – Infection is caused by bacteria and has a distinct smell and flavor.
  • Pimple on the gums – A pimple or hole on the gums is a pathway to release pus associated with infection.
  • Sensitivity to heat – If your morning coffee sends your tooth into a pain frenzy, it may be infected.
  • Pressure – If you chew your food and feel discomfort with pressure, it is a sign of infection.

Are You Nervous about Root Canal Treatment?

We are here to put your mind at ease. With today’s modern tools and techniques, root canal treatment should feel no different than a simple filling. We prioritize patient comfort – both physically and emotionally. Our compassionate team is gifted at keeping our anxious patients calm and collected.

Pain and swelling are your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. Root canal pain will rarely go away on its own and will likely worsen with time. Please don’t suffer needlessly when we are here to help!

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