Could a root canal end your pain? Our Larchmont and New York City, NY, dentist, Dr. Joel Levy, shares several signs that may occur if you need a root canal.
You wake up every day in pain
Root canals are needed if your tooth pulp becomes infected or inflamed. The treatment ends pain by removing the pulp, cleaning and shaping the tiny canals that reach from the top of tooth to the roots, and replacing the pulp with a filling.
Because your infection or inflammation won't go away on its own, you may experience constant pain if you need a root canal. Pain doesn't have to be severe to be a concern. If you can't remember the last time your tooth didn't hurt, schedule an appointment with our Larchmont or New York City office. We'll determine the cause of your pain and offer treatment that will help you feel better.
Your pain has gotten worse
If you ignore your pain, it will eventually worsen. You may notice that certain things you do make the pain worse, such as biting with the tooth, pushing on it or eating or drinking hot or cold foods or beverages. If pain occurs after you eat or drink something, your tooth may continue to hurt for up to 30 minutes after you finish the food or beverage.
Your gums hurt
Infections or inflammations can trigger changes in the gum surrounding the tooth. If your tooth hurts, and your gum looks red and swollen, you might need a root canal.
Your tooth looks brown or gray
If you think your tooth has changed color, it's probably not your imagination. The infection or inflammation responsible for your pain can also cause your tooth to become discolored.
You feel sick
Your illness might not be a coincidence. You may have an abscess if you develop a fever, notice that your lymph nodes or face are swollen, see pus or a pimple on your gum and experience severe, throbbing pain. An abscess is a bacterial infection in your pulp. Abscesses are dental emergencies that require treatment with antibiotics, in addition to a root canal.
Root canals stop tooth pain and prevent tooth loss. If you're concerned about a pain in a tooth, schedule an appointment with Dr. Levy by calling (914) 834-9534 for the Larchmont office or (212) 986-2287 for the New York City office.