While root canals often get a bad rep, the procedure itself is far less painful than the pain that can arise from failure to treat a damaged tooth.
A root canal treatment is done in order to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During a root canal, an endodontist removes the nerve and pulp and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without proper treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will likely become infected and abscesses may form.
To ensure you receive the proper treatment as quickly as possible, here are five signs to look out for:
- The most common sign that you need to consult your endodontist is if you experience serious tooth pain when eating or applying pressure to the tooth. This could show that the tooth may be broken and nerves are exposed, which could lead to an infection.
- Sensitivity to hot and/or cold is another telltale sign – especially if the pain lingers. This pain may come and go as the day goes on; it can go from a dull ache to an extreme pain.
- The look of the tooth is very important. If your tooth is discolored or darkened, you should see your dentist or endodontist immediately. Another concern is if you see a small pimple-like bump on your gums, this means you may be experiencing a form of localized swelling indicating a tooth infection.
- Even after you brush, if there is an unpleasant odor coming from your mouth, this could mean that you have an infection and a root canal may be necessary.
- If your gums near the painful tooth start to swell or feel tender – sometimes even causing a swollen face – you most likely have an infected tooth that may require a root canal.
If you experience any of these symptoms or sense that something isn’t right, reach out to your dentist or endodontist as soon as possible to figure out if you’re in need of a root canal. Early detection makes a huge difference – and could mean the difference in whether or not you keep your tooth!
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