Do you have a toothache? If so, you may need a root canal. A root canal is required when the pulp of the tooth is inflamed or infected. The infection or inflammation can have a variety of causes including deep decay or a chip or crack in the tooth. Dr. Clark Wright in Venice, FL, offers a full range of dental services. Here are some signs that you may need a root canal.
1. You have a toothache. Severe tooth pain could be a sign that you need root canal treatment. The pain is caused by a tooth infection. The pain can range from mild to severe. Root canal therapy can ease pain and improve your well-being.
2. Your gums are swollen. Inflammation around a single tooth may indicate you need root canal therapy. The inflammation can be mild or pronounced. The inflammation may be accompanied by pain. Without root canal therapy, the inflammation will not subside.
3. Hot and cold bother you. Do your teeth twinge when you drink a glass of cold water? Tooth sensitivity is a common problem. Some people are naturally sensitive to hot and cold drinks. Prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold drinks may be a sign that you need a root canal. Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold drinks is caused by nerve damage.
4. You have a dark tooth. Poor oral hygiene, tobacco use, certain medications, and pigments from dark-colored drinks can cause stains on your teeth. However, a single darkened tooth may be a sign that you need a root canal. One darkened tooth could also be the result of bleeding within the tooth due to trauma. Only a dentist can determine whether you need a root canal.
Your teeth are a lifelong investment. If you have a toothache, call Dr. Clark Wright at 941-493-5923 today to schedule an appointment in Venice, FL. Remember, a healthy smile is a gorgeous smile!