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Signs That You May Need Root Canal Therapy

While finding out that you have to undergo root canal treatment may not have you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside, it is crucial to get the treatment you need to preserve your natural smile. Here are the top three warning signs that mean it’s time to schedule an immediate appointment with our Vernon, CT, dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Burns. 

A Toothache

While a toothache doesn’t necessarily mean that you need a root canal, there are many times that it does. This is because the inside of the tooth, known as the dental pulp, is the only part of the tooth that actually contains nerves. Therefore, when bacteria affects the pulp, it leads to dental pain.

While the pain can range in intensity, most people who have an infected or inflamed dental pulp experience severe pain that gets worse when biting down on the tooth. 

Prolonged Sensitivity

If a tooth suddenly hurts whenever it comes in contact with hot, cold, or sugary foods/drinks, this could be another sign that you need root canal therapy. Sudden tooth sensitivity could mean that there is a crack in the tooth that you might not even be able to see.

When this happens, bacteria can get inside the tooth and infect the dental pulp. If you suddenly notice pain with your morning cup o’ Joe or a scoop of ice cream, it’s time to visit your Vernon, CT, general dentist to find out if an infected dental pulp is to blame. 

Darkening of the Tooth

Is one of your teeth darker than usual? This is often the result of profound decay. When tissue within your tooth becomes infected, it turns brown and causes overall tooth darkening and discoloration. Fortunately, root canal treatment will remove the tissue, and a crown will be placed over the tooth to hide any discolorations. 

Concerned? Give Us a Call

When it comes to oral care, our dental team is ready to help you feel more comfortable and at ease than ever before. Call our office in Vernon, CT, today at (860) 870-4410 to schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Burns.

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