How do I know if I need a root canal?

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If you are experiencing pain or sensitivity in or around one of your teeth, you may be thinking "root canal."  Does this mean a trip to the endodontist? How do you know when to call?  The symptoms that it is time to schedule an examination with your dentist in Fort Lauderdale include:

1. PAIN! If you are experiencing moderate to severe pain in your tooth when you eat or put pressure on, it is time to call!  Inside your tooth, there is a canal or canals that hold the nerves and blood vessels. This is called the pulp. If the pulp becomes damaged or infected, it causes pain.

2. SENSTIVITY to hot or cold. If you experience sensitivity to hot or cold food or drinks, this may be a sign you need to visit your dentist. 

3. PIMPLE on your gum. When the pulp in your tooth becomes infected, it can can create a pocket of puss beneath the gums at the bottom of the root. This is known as an abcess.  If you have severe or recurring pimples in the same area, it is time to schedule a dental visit.

4. TOOTH DISCOLORED. Discoloration or darkening of a tooth may indicate a damaged or infected root canal.  If you are experiencing a tooth that has changed color or darkened, you should schedule a dental exam.

5. GUM SWELLING.  Infection in the pulp can cause swelling in the gums that can extend to the face, head, or neck if not treated. If your gums are tender or swollen, it is time to contact your dentist to schedule an exam. 

A thorough exam by your general dentist is necessary to diagnose what is causing your toothache. Dr. Nancy Rotroff and Dr. Gerard Wasselle are here to help. If you have a toothache, we can discuss your symptoms and perform various tests to diagnose why you are experiencing pain or sensitivity.  If a root canal is necessary, our doctors can perform your root canal in office and get you out of pain.  Call our office at 954-928-1666 to schedule an appointment today!

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