By North Main Dental Inc
February 07, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth pain   Root Canal  

ToothacheIt's human nature to ignore little aches and pains. After all, most of us don't want to be thought of as complainers. Unfortunately, ignoring the subtle changes that point towards needing a root canal can prevent you from receiving the treatment you need to save your tooth. Your Dayton, OH, dentists, Drs. James and Jamie Shepler of North Main Dental, diagnose and treat many types of tooth issues and provide root canals when needed.


Ongoing tooth pain is never normal

Pain in your tooth is a signal that something is wrong. If you need a root canal, the pain is caused by an inflammation or infection in the pulp, a soft collection of nerves, blood vessels, and tissues in the center of your tooth. During root canal therapy, your Dayton dentist removes the pulp, cleans the tooth, shapes the canals with tiny files, and, finally, fills the tooth with a rubber-based filling.

If you have an inflammation or infection, pain in your tooth may be mild, moderate, or intense, depending on the severity of the problem. In some cases, the pain may go away for a few days, only to return again. Does your tooth hurt more when you eat? Inflammations and infections can trigger pain when you put pressure on your tooth or when the tooth is exposed to hot, cold, or sweet substances.


Inflammations and infections can cause noticeable changes in teeth and gum

Pain isn't the only sign that you may need a root canal. You may actually be able to see changes in your tooth or gum. Your tooth may darken, or you might notice that the gum around the problem tooth is red, inflamed, and swollen.


Tooth pain accompanied by fever or facial swelling can be a sign of a serious infection

You'll need a root canal if you develop a bacterial infection called an abscess in your pulp. An abscess is a dental emergency and requires prompt treatment with antibiotics, in addition to a root canal. If you don't receive treatment, the infection could spread throughout your body. In addition to severe, throbbing pain, other abscess symptoms may include swollen lymph nodes, fever, facial swelling, pus, or a bump that looks like a pimple on the gum next to the tooth.

Do any of these root canal signs sound familiar? Call your Dayton, OH, dentists, Drs. James and Jamie Shepler of North Main Dental at (937) 275-0076 to schedule an appointment.