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Getting root canal therapy isn’t nearly as bad as the movies make it out to be. The vast majority of patients who get the treatment have said it’s similar to getting a filling for a cavity. However, we do understand that it’s not the sort of treatment you look forward to. However, putting off getting it done can have very bad effects on your health.

Sadly, there are many consequences of postponing this important procedure. For example, you may need root canal therapy because of an infection inside your mouth. If left untreated, your tooth could die and your infection can become worse. Similarly, your infection could spread to your other teeth or your gums, which could result in gum disease or lead to more teeth needing root canal therapy. An infection in your mouth can also spread to your body, leading to heart problems, inflammation, or a stroke.

But, how do you know that you need root canal therapy. At times, there are actually no symptoms, and only a dentist will be able to detect the problem (this is another reason that for checkups every six months). Fortunately, there are many signs you can watch for, including:

A persistent or painful pimple that appears near your gum line. This pimple may be filled with
pus.

A toothache that may get worse when you bite into something or apply pressure

Swelling or tenderness on the gums.

Temperature sensitivity. This may be pain when you bite into something hot or cold.

Discolored or darkened teeth.

If you are worried about the health of your smile, or need to make an appointment with Dr. Robert Doyle, please feel free to contact Complete Dental Care in Martins Ferry, Ohio, today.