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Have you heard that root canal therapy is an extremely painful treatment that you should avoid? While not needing root canal therapy is preferable, we strongly recommend not avoiding the treatment. Furthermore, most patients claim that having root canal therapy is comparable to filling a cavity.

Still, did you know that there are a few things you can do to recognize the need for root canal therapy on your own? For example, sensitive, tender, painful, or swollen gums or pain when you bite down could all be symptoms of a damaged root canal. This problem is often the result of decay spreading to the center of your teeth. A cavity can actually cause this problem if the cavity is left unaddressed. Again, root canal therapy is the only way you’ll be able to remove this decay.

If you have an infection that spreads to the center of your tooth, root canal therapy could be the only way to save your tooth. If your tooth is infected, you could suffer from extreme discomfort and swollen gums. However, if the root of your tooth dies—which will eventually happen if your infection isn’t treated—you probably won’t suffer any discomfort.

Trauma can also injure your tooth, meaning you’ll need root canal therapy. This trauma can be caused by a sporting accident or a similar issue. If you do experience trauma, your tooth may become discolored. Still, if you’re worried that trauma has seriously injured your tooth, please schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible.

If you’d have more questions about treating a damaged root canal in Bountiful, Utah, please feel free to contact Dental Designs of Bountiful at 801-295-7171. Our dentist, Dr. David Duke, and the rest of our team will gladly answer any questions you have. We look forward to hearing from you soon.