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How do I know if I need root canal treatment?

If you’re wondering how to know if you need root canal treatment, the answer is that you can’t, but your dentist can. There are symptoms you should be aware of, however, because seeking prompt treatment for a root canal infection spares you unnecessary pain and saves your tooth from extraction.

You might need root canal therapy at our Springfield, MO dental office if you are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Toothache that worsens over time
  • Pain or swelling in your jaw
  • Tenderness or swelling of gums
  • Darkening of the tooth
  • Extreme sensitivity to touch and hot and cold temperatures
  • A raised whitish bump or “pimple” on your gums
  • A foul odor or taste in your mouth

A tooth becomes infected when bacteria are allowed to enter the innermost area called the pulp chamber. This can occur because of a cracked or fractured tooth, a deep cavity, or dental trauma. Since the pulp contains the tooth's nerves, the result is a throbbing toothache.

If you have a toothache or any other symptoms and think you need root canal therapy, please call our Springfield, MO dental office. We will arrange to see you as soon as possible, usually the same day if you are in pain. Our dentist will take a digital x-ray to confirm whether it is an infected tooth or another problem that requires treatment.

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