Root canals in St. Louis are
routine and completely safe procedures. While some people feel understandably anxious about the idea of root
canals, an experienced dentist like Dr. Spalitto can guide you through
the procedure and make sure you feel comfortable throughout. Root canals
are necessary if a tooth’s inner tissue has become severely infected
and requires cleaning and removal. A root canal can often preserve the
natural tooth, as long as the infection is treated right away. Keep reading
for some common signs you may need a root canal, including severe pain,
a sensitive tooth, and swollen gums.
Root canals are most often signified by a severe toothache. A root canal
is required when there are problems with the tooth’s nerve and soft
inner pulp. While root canal pain may be dull and relatively moderate
at first, the pain becomes more severe as the infection worsens. Root
canal pain does not improve on its own or simply go away. Once the infection
has set in, it will continue to progress until it is treated by a dentist.
A tooth that is especially sensitive to hot, cold, or sweet foods or drinks
is another sign you may need a root canal. Tooth sensitivity can occur
for many reasons. Some people have naturally sensitive teeth, while others
suffer from sensitivity because the outermost enamel has worn off. Sensitive
teeth may also indicate cavities. However, if you experience extreme sensitivity,
especially when biting down, you may need a root canal.
Swollen gums can also indicate that you need root canal treatment. When
the tooth becomes infected, the nearby sensitive gum tissues can become
inflamed. Your gums may feel red or tender or look swollen. However, these
are also symptoms of gum disease, so be sure to visit a dentist to rule
out the possibility of gingivitis.
If you have been experiencing the above symptoms and are concerned you
may need a root canal, contact Dr. Spalitto and the team at West County
Dental by calling (314) 821-2712 today.