5 Signs You May Need a Root Canal

The pain from a problem tooth can be unbearable. Furthermore, the pain you are feeling may be pointing to an underlying problem or infection. It can also be a sign of damage to the nerve in the tooth caused by bacteria in the pulp. Without proper care/treatment, further damage can occur, including bone loss, abscesses, swelling and even more pain. Though nobody wants a root canal, in many instances they are necessary. If you are experiencing any of the 5 signs below, it is time to schedule a dentist appointment.

  1. If you are experiencing any pain when you put pressure on the tooth or when you bite down. Some pain may be cause by other issues. If the pain is more than just sensitivity and there is no sign of a cavity, there could possible be an internal infection and decay. The pain may be so bad that you have trouble sleeping.
  2. If the tooth is extremely sensitive to cold or hot temperatures, specifically if there is still a cold or hot sensation once the source is no longer there. If you normally do not have sensitivity to coffee, then start to experience pain when drinking it that is a sign of an issue. The same can happen with cold items. This is due to the nerves and blood vessels, which are at the root of the tooth.
  3. When there is tenderness and/or swelling around the tooth and on the gums. The gums may also be red. Usually, the pain and inflammation are isolated, which causes pain. If there is swelling over a large area of the gum, the infection may have spread. If this is the case, do not put off calling your dentist. This should be taken seriously. If not, and the gums are severely infected, you may end up needing surgery.
  4. An often white pimple or abscess, on the gum, that is persistence or continuously reoccurs. While it may not be painful, it is a sure sign of an issue. This is the body’s way of trying to fight off the infection.
  5. A recently darkened tooth. Tooth discoloration is something people suffer from, however when it is just one single tooth that has become discolored that is another sign a root canal may be required. The tooth will darken from inside and whiting treatments will not help it. It may also have a grayer tint.

These symptoms should be taken seriously, whether you are experiencing just one or all five of them. Without a root canal the infection will get much worse over time. Though it may not be the most pleasant thing to do, a root canal will be worth it in the end. Masking the pain by taking painkillers will only add to problems down the road. During the procedure the damaged pulp or nerve tissue will be removed; this is the source of the pain. Detecting problems early on can make a big difference. A root canal will allow you to continue to eat foods you enjoy, maintain your natural smile and in, most cases, save the tooth!

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