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By Dr. David M. Gordon
December 19, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: root canal  

Know the telltale signs and symptoms of an infected dental nerve.

In cases where the inner structure of a tooth has become afflicted by decay, your dentist in Vallejo, CA, Dr. David Gordon, can perform root canal treatment to remove the infected tissue and alleviate dental pain. Find out why root canals are performed and the warning signs that point towards your smile needing one.

The Signs and Symptoms of an Infected Dental Pulp

It’s important to recognize that there are many reasons you might be dealing with a toothache, and an infected dental pulp is just one reason; however, here are the top signs that you might be dealing with an infection:

  • Severe dental pain, particularly when eating or putting pressure on the tooth
  • Prolonged and increased tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks
  • Swollen, inflamed gums around the tooth
  • Sudden discoloration or darkening of the tooth
  • A pimple-like growth on the gums (known as an abscess)

Are you dealing with one or more of these symptoms? If so, our Vallejo, CA, emergency dentist is here to help. Do not ignore any of these problems. The sooner you seek treatment the better.

Reasons for a Root Canal

You may be wondering how something that lies inside a tooth, protected by highly durable enamel, could somehow become damaged. Common reasons for needing a root canal include,

  • Deep decay: If you don’t come in for routine dental checkups, it’s possible that you could have decay and not even know it. If the decay isn’t caught early on, it will continue to damage the outer layers of the tooth until it reaches the root canals.
  • Dental injury: From being knocked in the mouth while playing sports to cracking a tooth on something hard, there are many reasons why a tooth may become fractured or broken. A broken tooth also leaves the inside of the tooth susceptible to infection.
  • Faulty restorations: If you’ve already had a dental procedure in the past or a large filling has been placed on the tooth, it’s possible that over time this can weaken a tooth. When this happens, the filling or old restoration may not be able to fully support the tooth. When bacteria get inside the tooth, your dentist will usually recommend a root canal.

Concerned? Give Us a Call

If you are worried about the health of your smile and need to see a dentist in Vallejo, CA, right away then call our practice today at (707) 557-2200. We would be happy to listen to your concerns and get you in for an immediate dental appointment.


General Dentistry in Vallejo
David Gordon D.D.S.
23 Rotary Way
Vallejo, CA 94591
(707) 557-2200

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