By Mission Hill Dental
September 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

A root canal is a procedure used to treat infection at the center of a tooth. The infection is caused by bacteria that invade the tooth. This root canalcan occur after decay or damage to the tooth as result of trauma. Dr. Horacio Lucero and Dr. Fred Willard of Mission Hill Dental, which is located in New Braunfels, TX and serving Canyon Lake, TX, offer a full range of dental services. Here are five signs you may need a root canal. 

1. You have a toothache.

The most common symptom that may indicate the need for a root canal is pain in the tooth. Its level may range from slight to extreme. The pain you feel is caused by an infection in the tooth. Root canal therapy will relieve your tooth pain and improve your well-being. It’s important not to shy away from dental care because of tooth pain. Ignoring your teeth can make things worse. 

2. You have a bump on your gum.

Worried about that bump on your gum? Do not worry – this is normal. A bump that forms on the gum is a sign that root canal therapy is needed. This pimple-like bump will often go away and then come back. See your New Braunfels, TX dentist when you discover a pimple-like bump on your gum.

3. Your gums are swollen.

Swelling around the gums or tooth is a sign that you may need a root canal. The swelling can range from being very slight to quite pronounced. The swelling may have presented itself for the first time, with a slow or rapid onset. Swelling may be but isn't always accompanied by pain.

4. Hot and cold bother you.

Tooth sensitivity is a common problem. Some individuals are naturally sensitive to hot and cold foods and beverages. Prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages may be a sign that root canal treatment is needed. Nerve damage causes tooth pain and sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages. 

5. You have a discolored tooth.

If you smoke, your teeth will darken over time. Pigments from dark-colored beverages such as tea, soda, coffee, and red wine cause permanent stains on your teeth. Certain medications can also stain teeth. However, one discolored tooth may be a sign that root canal therapy is needed.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call Mission Hill Dental in New Braunfels, TX and serving Canyon Lake, TX at 830-625-7322 right now to schedule a dental consultation. Our dentists offer root canal treatments with a gentle touch. You have nothing to lose except your toothache!