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Do You Need a Root Canal?

Everything from a toothache to sudden tooth sensitivity can be warning signs that you need to visit our Lubbock, TX, dentist Dr. Lama Shoukfeh. While you may want think it best just to wait it out and see if the problem goes away, it’s important that you don’t do this. Once a dental pulp has become inflamed or infected it will need to be removed through a simple root canal treatment.

Why is a root canal performed?

A root canal is designed to repair and save a tooth that has become badly infected, decayed or injured. Once the bacteria has entered the inside of the tooth and affected the dental pulp, the only option is for our Lubbock, TX, general dentist to go inside the tooth to remove the pulp and any bacteria that’s present.

How do I know that I need a root canal?

This is a rather tricky question. On one hand, you may not even know that you need a root canal. This is why visiting your dentist for regular checkups twice a year is invaluable. After all, you may not be experiencing problems but it doesn’t always mean that there isn’t a problem present.

Of course, you should call us right away if you are dealing with any of these warning signs.

Persistent pain

The dental pulp is the only part of the tooth that contains nerves, which means that when pain arises it often means the pulp has been affected. The pain may get worse when chewing or biting down on the tooth. A toothache is considered a dental emergency so it’s important to see your dentist as soon as possible.

Chipped or cracked tooth

While tooth enamel is incredibly strong it doesn’t mean that hard foods or a sports-related injury can’t end up cracking or fracturing a tooth. When this happens it can expose the nerves of the tooth, which can cause bacteria to enter the bloodstream. If you crack or chip your tooth it’s important to have the problem treated right away to prevent infection.

Tooth sensitivity

Have you noticed that a tooth has suddenly become sensitive to hot or cold foods or drinks? If the sensitivity lingers long after being exposed to hot or cold temperatures then you could be dealing with an infected dental pulp.

Other possible symptoms include:

  • Swollen, red or tender gums around the affected tooth
  • A pimple-like growth on the gums (known as an abscess)
  • Discoloration or sudden darkening of a tooth

Are you dealing with a toothache or other problems? If so, then you should call Advanced Dental Care & Aesthetics in Lubbock, TX, right away to schedule an immediate appointment. The sooner we treat your tooth the better for the health of your smile. Let us know what’s going on and we will make sure you get the next available appointment.

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