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Root Canals: How do I know if I need a root canal?

Some signs that indicate a patient needs a root canal:
1) Pain when chewing or applying pressure
2) Pain to hot and cold temperatures
3) Darkening or discoloration of teeth
4) Tenderness or swelling on surrounding gums
5) A persistent recurring pimple/gum boil that may present with pain 6) Waking up with pain a consistent pain at night

Does the procedure of having a root canal hurt?
While root canals have a reputation of being painful, patients say that having a root canal is no different than having a normal dental filling. Often times, the discomfort and is experienced prior to the dental appointment as a result of the existing dental infection.

What is the purpose of having a root canal?
Root canals are important because they eliminate long standing infections while also getting the patient out of pain. The ultimate purpose of a root canal is to preserve the remaining tooth and root and prevent having to have a tooth extracted and replaced with a dental implant or bridge. This procedure can be performed in one appointment, but sometimes requires multiple appointments to effectively eliminate the source of the infection.

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