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How to Know if You Need a Root Canal

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When your tooth is badly decayed or damaged, a root canal can give you relief. Yet it can be tough to tell when you need treatment, so discover the most frequent reasons for getting root canal care.

Pain – When you need a root canal, pain is the most common symptom. The agony can appear in different spots and severity, yet the most frequent forms of root canal pain include:

  • Throbbing pain while chewing or putting pressure on the tooth.
  • A mild to major toothache.
  • Headache pain.
  • Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures.
  • Pressure around the roots of upper teeth due to sinus congestion.
  • Jaw pain.

A Cavity – The decay of a cavity can be so damaging that it can cause the tooth to become infected. This may lead to a great deal of pain or may be barely noticeable. But the tooth decay and infection must be removed, which can be easily accomplished by a root canal.

An Abscess – When the pulp within the tooth dies and creates a pocket of pus around the root of the tooth, an abscess develops. When this pus becomes infected, a root canal is necessary to prevent the infection from spreading to nearby tissue and bone. While antibiotics can help fight the infection, the only way to completely remove it and eliminate all bacteria is with a root canal by an affordable dentist or a specialist in endodontics in West Chester.

A Fracture – When a tooth is fractured deeply enough to reach the delicate pulp, then a root canal may be needed to protect the tooth from infection. In addition, if a fracture leaves too little of the tooth’s structure for a crown or other restoration, then a root canal is required to place a post within the tooth that can support the restoration. Ask an affordable dentist or a specialist in endodontics in West Chester about your options.

Repeated Dental Procedures – Although dental procedures support your smile, they also put stress on your teeth. Frequent dental work can cause a tooth to become inflamed and may lead to permanent damage. But a root canal can save your tooth by removing the damaged sections within.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in West Chester, call Gentle Dental of West Chester today at (484) 643-4417 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in West Chester. With 14 affiliated practices in the Greater Philadelphia area, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of West Chester, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of West Chester.

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