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When your mouth talks, it’s important that you listen! When there is something wrong inside your mouth, such as an infected tooth, your mouth will communicate to your brain by producing pain signals. Discover four signs that you may need a root canal from your Warner Robins dentist, Dr. Strandburg:

An Abscess is Present

A dental abscess is a bubble of pus that forms near the infected part of the tooth. This abscess occurs when there is a bacterial infection near the affected tooth. Sometimes, the abscess forms on the outside of your gums, making it easy to spot. However, if you can’t see an abscess but are experiencing tooth pain, bad breath, and a fever, it may be because an abscess is forming.

The Tooth Begins to Darken

When a tooth begins to darken, it is possible that the roots of the teeth have died or are beginning to die. The dead roots will begin to seep into the dentin component of your teeth. To ensure it does not permeate the layer of dentin, a root canal will need to take place.

Severe Pain near the Tooth

Another sign you may need a root canal is feeling severe pain near the tooth when you do daily activities such as chewing or brushing your teeth. Your tooth responds negatively to touch because it’s at a heightened state.

Sensitivity to Hot or Cold Temperatures

Does your tooth throb or ache after drinking a hot beverage or eating a cold dessert? This may be a sign that you need a root canal from your dentist. There may be a crack in the tooth that is allowing the cold temperatures to permeate the tooth’s surface or an infection deep in the root.

Your Warner Robins Dentist Can Perform a Root Canal Procedure for You

During the root canal procedure, Dr. Strandburg will drill a hole in your infected tooth and remove the infected pulp and nerve. Afterward, he will clean the tooth and seal it so no bacteria can enter. You won’t feel any pain during this procedure, as your Warner Robins dentist will provide a local anesthetic to numb the area.

It’s important not to ignore signs of a root canal, as an infected tooth cannot get better without help from a dentist. Give us a call if you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms: 478-287-2179.