Are you wondering whether a root canal might be in your future?
It’s important that you understand your oral health and recognize that certain changes could be warning signs that something is wrong. A root canal is a common dental procedure that is performed when the dental pulp (a structure that lies inside the tooth) has become inflamed or infected. To prevent the infection from spreading, it’s important to turn to our Brookfield, WI, dentist, Dr. Paul Culver, if you are experiencing any of these classic symptoms,
Dental pain is never normal. A toothache may manifest itself in different ways. The pain may appear or get worse when chewing or biting down on the tooth, or the pain may be constant. The pain may be minor or downright unbearable. It may be achy, throbbing or sharp. It’s important that at the first sign of dental pain that you call our Brookfield emergency dentist. While a toothache doesn’t necessarily mean that you require a root canal (you might just have a cavity), it’s definitely a problem that requires professional and immediate care.
If you suddenly notice that a tooth is extremely sensitive to hot or cold foods or drinks then this could also be a sign that something is wrong. A tooth that isn’t normally sensitive that suddenly zings or zaps after being introduced to hot or cold elements could mean that the dental pulp is infected. You may also find that sugary treats also cause tooth sensitivity to rear its ugly head.
Tender, Swollen Gums
While this is usually a sign of gum disease, if you only notice that the gums are red, swollen or tender around the tooth that is giving you trouble then this is another classic sign that something is wrong. Of course, bleeding, swollen gums that appear on their own without other symptoms could also mean that you have gum disease. If you suspect that you might have gum disease it’s important that you also schedule an appointment with us right away.
A Dark or Discolored Tooth
While teeth can become dull and yellow over time, a tooth that requires root canal treatment will suddenly turn dark without much warning. This is a sign that the infection has spread to the roots and the roots are dying.
If you are dealing with any of these symptoms then you will require immediate dental care. Pick up the phone and call our Brookfield, WI, dental office right away. We will make sure to fit you in as soon as possible.