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Recognizing the Signs That You Could Need a Root Canal

A root canal is a treatment that allows your dentist to save an infected tooth rather than remove it by cleaning, filling, and covering it. Are you wondering if you may need this type of restorative dentistry in Houston? If so, then there are several signs to look for.

Pain is one of the most common indications that something is wrong with a tooth. If you have a tooth that is painful when you bite down or chew, then you may benefit from a root canal. Also, having tenderness and swelling around a tooth or experiencing pain when you put pressure on a tooth or the surrounding area can also indicate that a root canal is in order. Sensitivity to hot and cold, bumps on the gums around a painful tooth, or a tooth that is darker in color than those next to it are all signs that you might need a root canal.

If any of these indications apply to you, then it’s time to see your dentist. Addressing an infected tooth sooner rather than later can save you from discomfort and help prevent complications.

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