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Do you ever avoid the dentist because you’re worried that they might recommend root canal therapy? If so, we understand. Root canals have a bad reputation, though it’s mostly inaccurate now. Dentistry has advanced and root canals are now a virtually painless experience. In fact, the majority of patients who have had this treatment compare it to getting a cavity filled. With this knowledge, we hope you won’t let a root canal stop you from visiting a dentist.

You see, there are many consequences of postponing this important procedure. For example, you may need root canal therapy because of an infection inside your mouth. If left untreated, your tooth could die and your infection can become worse. Similarly, your infection could spread to your other teeth or your gums, which could result in gum disease or lead to more teeth needing root canal therapy. An infection in your mouth can also spread to your body, leading to heart problems, inflammation, or a stroke.

But, how do you know that you need root canal therapy. At times, there are actually no symptoms, and only a dentist will be able to detect the problem (this is another reason that for checkups every six months). Fortunately, there are many signs you can watch for, including:

  • A persistent or painful pimple that appears near your gum line. This pimple may be filled with pus.
  • A toothache that may get worse when you bite into something or apply pressure
  • Swelling or tenderness on the gums.
  • Temperature sensitivity. This may be pain when you bite into something hot or cold.
  • Discolored or darkened teeth.

If you are worried about the health of your smile, or have any questions about why you shouldn’t wait for root canal therapy, please feel free to contact us.