There are multiple layers to a tooth. The outer two layers are the enamel and the dentin, and they surround and protect the innermost layer of nerves and blood vessels. If that innermost becomes infected then the only way to relieve the associated pain, and save the tooth, is a root canal, a common procedure at Cascade Endodontics in Orem.
The most likely cause of an infected tooth is an abscess. Abscessed teeth usually cause pain. But the pain they cause is more severe than an ordinary toothache. This pain is at its worst when biting or chewing, or consuming something hot or cold. Sensitivity to temperature is normal, of course, but in this case it will be much worse.
Tooth pain from an abscess may also result in tenderness to the touch. There may be only the slightest pressure on a tooth, but it will result in extreme pain. Never assume that’s just temporary, or that you can put up with it.
Another sign to look out for is swelling of the gums around the infected tooth. There may be an unusual drainage, too. This is not something to take lightly.
An infection might also cause the tooth to noticeably discolor. This is more than the sort of stain you might see from drinking coffee or tea, or from tobacco.
Finally, there may be a pimple-like bump on the gums around the affected tooth.
If you see any of these signs, do not take them lightly and do not delay. Call us right away to schedule an appointment and we’ll find out what’s going on. These signs are all strong indicators of an abscess requiring a root canal.
Jon Jenson DDS
1375 E 800 N Ste 203
Orem, UT 84097