5 Signs You May Need a Root Canal

By Elmer A. Villalon, DDS
April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Root Canal  

Do you need a root canal? Millions of teeth are saved each year with root canal treatment. A root canal is a treatment to repair and save root canalteeth that are badly damaged or infected. Dr. Elmer Villalon is one of the finest dentists in Pueblo, CO. He offers a complete range of dental services, including root canals. Here are five signs you may need a root canal. 

1. You have a toothache.
A toothache can be a sign of an infected tooth in need of root canal treatment. If you need a root canal, you may feel severe tooth pain upon chewing or application of pressure. Some people fear root canals because they assume they're painful. The discomfort experienced in the time leading up to seeking treatment is painful, not the procedure itself.

2. Your gums are swollen.
Gum swelling around the tooth can be a sign that you need a root canal. Swollen gums are often associated with infection, although it does not always mean an infection is present. The inflammation can range from being mild to quite pronounced.

3. Hot and cold bother you.
Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures can be a sign that a root canal is needed. Tooth sensitivity causes pain when the tooth is exposed to cold and hot temperatures through foods and beverages. After your procedure, your tooth will no longer be sensitive to hot and cold temperatures because the nerve tissue has been removed. 

4. You have a discolored tooth.
One darkened tooth can be a sign that your tooth is in need of root canal treatment. When the roots of the infected tooth have died, the tooth may turn brown, gray, black, or dark yellow. Tooth discoloration is also related to severe decay or trauma, so seeing your Pueblo, CO, dentist for a checkup is recommended.

5. You have a bump on your gum.
A "pimple" or bump on your gum can be a sign that you need a root canal. This bump may disappear and then come back. This bump is usually a buildup of pus, which is associated with infection. A dental practitioner can treat this by performing a root canal. 

If you need a root canal, why wait? We can help you today! Call Dr. Elmer Villalon at 719-542-7844 today to schedule an appointment in Pueblo, CO. Root canal treatment will alleviate your pain and help you get back to a normal, happy and healthy life.