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Signs You May Need a Root Canal

How a root canal from your dentist in Orem, UT, can save your smile

Tooth pain can be unsettling and make life difficult. The good news is, a root canal can relieve your tooth pain, without having to remove your tooth. Every tooth is important when it comes to your smile, and a root canal can rescue your tooth and your smile.

Drs. Robert and Brad Rogers at Rogers Family Dental in Orem, UT, offer comprehensive dental care, including root canal therapy to save your smile.

So, how do you know you need a root canal? There are several important signs and symptoms you need to pay attention to. You may need a root canal if you:

  • Feel increasing tooth pain when you eat or drink hot or cold foods or beverages
  • Experience tooth pain that continues even after your tooth has been restored
  • Feel a sharp, stabbing pain in the tooth when you bite down
  • See a white or red bump appearing on your gums next to the tooth root
  • See blood or pus coming out of the bump on your gums
  • Notice a tooth has become darker than the teeth on either side of it

You may need a root canal because the inner layer of your tooth, known as the pulp, has become infected. This area contains the nerves and blood supply to your tooth. When the pulp tissue becomes damaged, it needs to be removed.

During root canal therapy, a small opening is created in the top of your painful tooth. The infected pulp tissue is removed through the small opening. Then, a sedative material is placed inside your tooth. This material clears up the infection, which eliminates the pain.

After the inside of your tooth has healed and you no longer feel pain, the sedative material is removed and replaced with an inert material, which is left inside your tooth. The small opening is sealed up with a permanent filling.

Root canal treatment eliminates tooth pain, and still maintains your smile. To learn more about when you might need a root canal and how a root canal can save your smile, call Drs. Robert and Brad Rogers of Rogers Family Dental in Orem, UT, at (801) 225-7712. Call today!

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