Tooth extraction isn't the only solution when your tooth is infected or a nerve has begun to die. Root canal therapy can save the tooth and stop your pain. Dr. Sandra Eleczko in Livonia, NY and serving Geneseo and the surrounding communities shares a few signs that may indicate that you can benefit from a root canal.
Pain that doesn't go away
When you have pain in a tooth, a filling may be all you need to get rid of the pain. If you continue to have pain despite receiving a filling or other dental treatment, or if you experience severe, constant or throbbing pain, you may need a root canal. Pain that gets worse when you push on your tooth or when you take a bite is a warning sign.
Swelling and bumps
Facial swelling can occur if your tooth has become infected. If one side of your face is puffy, and your tooth hurts, it's a good idea to call our Livonia office. Feel around your jaw and neck. If you feel any swollen bumps, your lymph nodes may be enlarged. Swollen lymph nodes are another sign of infection.
A pimple in an unusual place
Take a look in the mirror at your mouth. Do you see a small pimple on your gum near the tooth that's bothering you? If you do, it's important to call for an appointment as soon as possible, as you may have an abscessed tooth. Abscessed teeth are considered dental emergencies. It's important to start taking antibiotics immediately to kill the bacteria causing the infection.
When your tooth is inflamed or infected, the gum around the tooth may swell, look red or hurt when you touch it.
Sensitivity to hot and cold
Has eating ice cream or hot soup suddenly become unbearable? Tooth sensitivity can be a problem when you need a root canal. If you suddenly experience pain when you eat or drink hot or cold foods, you just may need a root canal.
Worried about a tooth? Get to the root of the problem with a visit to dentist Dr. Sandra Eleczko in Livonia, NY and serving Geneseo and the surrounding communities. Call her at (585) 346-2320 to make an appointment.