Do I Need A Root Canal?

Tooth Decay Affects Everyone.

Tooth decay affects everyone, with studies reporting tat 92% of adults have had a cavity at one point in their lifetime. In more serious instances of tooth decay, however, the nerve of the tooth may become infected. This type of infection requires a root canal, in which the affected nerve is removed, and the interior of the tooth is cleaned and filled.

Symptoms Of A Root Canal.

Damage to the dental pulp or nerve tissue leads to a rapid multiplication of bacteria within the interior of the tooth. The result may be an abscess, a small pocket near the root of the tooth that becomes full of pus. This infected area commonly causes the following symptoms:

  • Intense pain or sensitivity when pressure is applied to the tooth.
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, even after the heat or cold has been removed.
  • Darkening or discoloration of the affected tooth.
  • A small, persistent pimple that forms on the gums.
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Swelling in other areas of the face, neck or head.

Nerve infection may occur to deep decay, although repeated dental procedures, facial trauma, chipping or cracking of a tooth, or large fillings may also contribute.

Only visiting Hendersonville Family Dentistry can confirm whether a tooth’s nerve has become infected. If you think you may have a tooth or nerve decay, call our office today to schedule a diagnostic appointment.


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