How Do I Know If I Need a Root Canal?

Las Vegas Dentist Serving Summerlin, Spring Valley and Nearby Nevada Locations

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Senior man holding cheek suffering from toothacheA root canal is performed to relieve pain and save your natural tooth. Our Las Vegas dentist will recommend this safe procedure if the pulp (soft tissue) inside your tooth is inflamed or infected. 

Root canals are often needed when bacteria attack a tooth that has a crack, deep cavity, or problem from a previous dental filling. They can also be necessary after dental trauma or injury.

In most cases, patients who need a root canal will be able to tell that something is wrong with their tooth. They may experience discomfort as well as lingering sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. These symptoms can appear suddenly and are often very difficult to ignore.

Other signs that you might require root canal therapy include:

  • Intense pain while biting or chewing
  • Tender or swollen gums
  • Pimples on the gums
  • Darkening of the gum line
  • A visible chip or crack in a tooth

Keep in mind that you might still need a root canal even if you aren’t in pain. There are a variety of reasons, including chronic infection and severe tooth damage, why one may be necessary. Regular dental visits are the best way to detect any issues that you might not be aware of yet.

Early Treatment Offers the Best Results

Prompt treatment is crucial if you are experiencing the symptoms of inflammation or infection. Root canal therapy can save your natural tooth and eliminate the need for an extraction. 

An extracted tooth must be replaced with an implant or bridge to preserve dental function. In the end, pulling a tooth is not more cost-effective than saving it with root canal therapy.

Many patients put off root canal procedures because they are worried about pain. Fortunately, modern root canal therapy is nothing to worry about. In fact, it will help relieve your symptoms.

See Our Dentist About Your Tooth Pain

Tooth pain and other uncomfortable symptoms require immediate attention. Call 702-737-3553 to schedule a free initial consultation with experienced dentist Dr. Jorge Paez. Nevada Dental Esthetics serves patients from Las Vegas, Summerlin, Spring Valley, and other nearby areas.

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