According to Dr. Scott A. Norton (Endodontist in Louisville, KY), not all tooth pain is indicative of a root canal. However, certain types of pain are a relatively clear indication that root canal treatment is needed.
Below is a list of symptoms that could indicate the need for root canal treatment:
- Severe pain to pressure when you close your teeth together or bite down on something.
- Sensitivity in your tooth to hot or cold and the sensation lingers.
- If an abscess (small pimple-like bump) and or swelling of the gum appears.
If you experience any of these symptoms, it is likely your tooth will need root canal therapy. In order to make certain a root canal is the necessary treatment, Dr. Norton always provides a consultation first. If you have a tooth that is painful when you bite down, is sensitive to temperature change or has an abscess, please give Dr. Norton’s office a call.