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Did you know that a root canal is technically just a different name for the nerve (also called pulp) in the center of a tooth? Or that root canal therapy is simply removing that pulp if it is damaged or infected, then sealing your tooth again? While root canal therapy is dreaded, it is also very important to prevent the spread of infection. But how can you know if you need root canal therapy? Granted, a dentist will be able to give you a precise answer, but we’re happy to offer a few signs you should watch for.

The outer layer of your teeth, the enamel is translucent, and while your enamel can be stained, stains from the inside of your teeth are also visible through it. That means if your pulp is damaged or infected, those changes can be apparent on the outside of your smile. This means that if one or more of your teeth change color, you could need to visit a dentist for a root canal.

As a general rule, if you have a toothache you should call a dentist. If you have intense pain that refuses to subside, you may need root canal therapy. This is especially true if you experience pain or sensitivity to temperature while you’re chewing.

Similarly, if your gums swell you may need root canal therapy. In reality, it doesn’t matter how sever the swelling is, or if it visible outside of your smile or not. Another sign related to this problem is a painful, potentially recurring, pimple on your gums.

If you are interested in learning more about common signs of a root canal problem, please feel free to contact us. We are excited to hear from you soon.