If you have a lingering toothache, there is probably an infection in the tooth. If there is an infection, you will need a root canal treatment.
Signs That You May Need a Root Canal Treatment
In addition to a lingering toothache, there are other signs that your tooth may be infected:
- Prolonged sensitivity to heat and cold in your tooth
- A tooth that hurts when you touch it or when you chew
- Swollen gums or a swollen cheek on one side of your mouth
- A discolored tooth
How a Root Canal Treatment Helps Your Tooth
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The root canal treatment will save your tooth by carefully and throughly removing the infected pulp. After your tooth is completely cleaned out, the pulp is replaced with a filler material that seals off the roots of your tooth.
It is likely that after the treatment, a dental crown will need to be placed over your tooth to protect it from further damage. If you continue to care for your teeth and gums, your restored tooth could last a lifetime.
An untreated infection will continue to spread. It can result in more pain and an abscess. It can also spread to your bone and beyond, so it’s important to get it treated promptly.
Does a Root Canal Treatment Hurt?
Many people have heard stories that this treatment is very painful. The latest technologies and anesthetics make the treatment comfortable. Many patients say that it is painless and a root canal treatment will actually relieve the pain you have felt in your tooth. If you are anxious or fearful about dental appointments, sedation dentistry can help you relax through the entire procedure. Read our sedation dentistry web page for details.
If you have a toothache or other signs that indicate your tooth may be infected, give us a call so that we can see you promptly. We have same-day appointments available for dental emergencies.