Signs You May Need a Root Canal

By Laura Elliff, DMD
October 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

The prospect of root canal therapy is scary for many people. We've been conditioned to believe that suffering from a crippling toothache - root canaland the decay or infection that is causing it - is preferable than the treatment because root canals have a reputation for being incredibly painful. But difficult as it might be to believe after a lifetime of conditioning to fear and avoid root canals, not only is the pain factor greatly exaggerated, it is actually a tooth-saving procedure that can also spare you more painful (and expensive) treatment down the road. The dentists at Elliff Dental Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Batavia, IL, recommend that you schedule an appointment as soon as possible if you are experiencing pain, have had trauma to a tooth, or symptoms of an infection.

Root Canal Therapy in Batavia, IL

Only a dentist can tell you for sure if a root canal is necessary to repair a damaged tooth. But there are a number of symptoms to be aware of, including:

  • Pain (often severe)
  • Swelling or sensitivity of the gums around the tooth
  • Hot and cold sensitivity
  • Dark spot on a tooth (not related to extrinsic stains from food, drinks, or smoking)

If it turns out that you do need root canal therapy, the procedure really does sound much worse than it actually is. In reality, the level of discomfort involved is similar to getting a cavity filled. In fact, root canal therapy relieves the pain and discomfort caused by a damaged tooth.

Find a Dentist Batavia, IL

The best way to maintain healthy teeth and gums is to practice good oral hygiene and to get regular dental checkups and professional teeth cleanings. But if you are experiencing pain or have an infected tooth, a root canal may be your best treatment option. For more information, contact Elliff Dental Family and Cosmetic Dentistry by calling (630) 482-7200 to schedule an appointment today.