Have you been ignoring a toothache, hoping it's just temporary? Tooth pain may actually one of the signs you need a root canal, a procedure used to remove infected or inflamed tooth pulp and replace it with a flexible filling. Orlando, FL, dentist Dr. William Glover helps his patients keep their smiles healthy with root canals, fillings, and other dental treatments.
Is a root canal in my future?
You may notice a few signs and symptoms if your tooth is infected or inflamed, such as:
- A Minor Toothache or the Worst Tooth Pain of Your Life: Pain is a common symptom if you have an inflammation or infection anywhere in your body, including your teeth. Pain can be mild, moderate, or severe and can be constant or come and go. If your pain is severe and prevents you from sleeping, you may have a dental abscess, a bacterial infection that requires emergency treatment in our Orlando office.
- A Change in the Way Your Tooth or Gum Looks: Teeth in need of root canals may become dark and discolored. You may also notice that your gum is red and swollen.
- Painful Mealtimes: Chewing, or even pressing on your tooth, can send twinges of pain through your mouth if you need a root canal. Pain with eating may also occur due to gum inflammation. Does your pain increase when you eat both hot or cold foods? The pain may indicate that a nerve inside your tooth pulp is dying.
- Signs of Illness: A dental abscess may not only cause severe pain but can also make you feel sick. If you have the infection, you may develop a fever and swollen lymph nodes. You may also notice that your face is swollen on the same side as your painful tooth or see pus or a pimple on the gum next to your tooth. Ignoring a dental abscess is never a good idea.
Root canals protect your smile. If you have any of these signs and symptoms, call Orlando, FL, dentist Dr. Glover at (407) 567-0941 to schedule your appointment.