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When Do You Need a Root Canal?

August 25, 2021
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Posted By: Northborough Family Dental
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If you need a root canal treatment in Northborough, MA, it means your dentist has diagnosed you with a root infection. A root infection means infection deep in the canal of your tooth. The only way to get rid of this infection and save your tooth is through gentle treatment with your dentist.

Signs You May Need Root Canal Therapy

In some cases, especially when a root infection is only emerging, you may not have many symptoms. This is one of the reasons regular dental checkups are so important. Your dentist can spot an emerging infection before it causes you pain.

If you’re like many, you’ll have plenty of telltale signs of infection. Symptoms of a deep tooth infection may include:

  • Tooth pain or tooth sensitivity
  • Swollen, painful gums
  • A blister or bump on the gum

Dental infections can escalate quickly. You may notice only mild sensitivity but wake up with an excruciating toothache and swelling. We recommend contacting your dentist if you notice tooth sensitivity that does not go away or improve.

Lowering Dental Infection Risks with Your Northborough, MA Dentist

Our best advice is to adopt and implement an excellent oral care routine at home. It would be best if you were brushing and flossing at least twice daily. However, doing these things after every meal is ideal.

You also want to visit our friendly dental office every six months for dental checkups and teeth cleanings. Professional teeth cleanings rid your gums of the very ingredients that lead to decay, infections, and gum disease. Unfortunately, these stubborn ingredients—tartar, plaque, and bacteria—can not be eliminated through brushing and flossing alone.

Getting Rid of Tooth Pain Fast

We provide gentle and effective root canal therapy in our Northborough dental office. And we encourage you to seek a diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible. Without intervention from your dentist, you risk losing the tooth to extraction and the spread of infection.

Reach out today to schedule your next dental checkup.

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