What are the Signs That You Need a Root Canal?

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Dentist in Arcadia

One of the most common things people say when our dentist in Arcadia recommends a root canal is, “But it doesn’t feel like anything is wrong with my tooth.” It’s true: sometimes a tooth with nerve damage will never hurt or exhibit symptoms. But the rest of the time, you should watch out for signs like these:

Darkening of the Tooth

Dying nerves mean that the tooth is no longer getting the circulation that it needs. As such, the enamel can start to become brittle and darker. It might look grey or even brown. In some cases, teeth may not start to “die” until years after an accident or trauma (such as a blow to the mouth during a baseball game.)

A “Pimple” on the Gums

When the nerve of a tooth is infected, one of the only places the infection can drain is out the tip of the root. This can cause a fistula (or “pimple”) on the gums. It may tend to come and go, but shouldn’t ever be ignored. Otherwise the infection could actually spread deeper into the body.

Strange Sensitivity

Is a particular tooth starting to feel sensitive to particular foods or drinks, but the rest of your teeth feel just fine? Heat sensitivity especially is a red flag for nerve damage. Our dentist Dr. Farahmand will use special aids to test the tooth during your exam, so that we can determine exactly what’s going on.

At OF Dental Care we’re happy to answer any questions that you may have and make sure that you’re as comfortable as possible with the recommended treatment. For further information or to schedule a consultation please contact OF Dental Care at 626.254.1948 or visit www.OFDentalCare.com.

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