A root canal is a procedure that is used to save teeth that have become badly infected or decayed. When you experience tooth and gum pain or sensitivity to temperature, it can be difficult for you to determine whether you need root canal therapy or another treatment. Most physical symptoms do not appear until the issue is advanced, which is why we recommend seeing your dentist or an endodontist immediately.
The following are some of the most common signs you may need a root canal:
Gum and tooth pain.
When is a root canal necessary? A toothache is one of the most common signs that something is wrong. Although tooth and gum pain do not always indicate you need a root canal, the majority of infected teeth do cause discomfort. Pain may be more intense when you apply pressure to the area, chew, or brush your teeth.
Inflammation and swelling
Along with pain, root canal patients may experience swelling and inflammation. The gum line may feel slightly raised or tender, or your entire face and neck may swell. The swelling could go away on its own or resolve with over-the-counter medicines, but this does not address the underlying issue. It is important to see a dentist or an endodontist to determine the cause of the problem.
There are a number of causes of dental hypersensitivity. Having some sensitivity to temperature is natural, such as when eating an ice cream cone, but severe sensitivity is a clear indication that something is wrong. An endodontist can determine the source of the pain and whether you need root canal treatment.
Discoloration could be caused by a simple tooth stain that has developed over time. It could also be caused by tooth decay. It is important to have a tooth examined if you notice that a particular tooth is darkening or a concerning dark spot suddenly appears on one of your teeth.
An abscessed tooth
When a tooth is badly infected, a patient may develop a tooth abscess or pus pocket from the infection. An abscess may result in swollen gums, discomfort, or a bad taste in your mouth. An untreated abscess can make breathing or swallowing difficult, so it is very important to seek dental help right away.
Together, these signs and symptoms may indicate a serious infection or decay. You should have any areas of concern evaluated as soon as possible by your dentist or Louisville KY endodontist.
The root canal process can be frightening for some patients, which is why consulting with an endodontist who will go out of their way to make you feel at ease is advantageous.
We invite you to schedule an appointment with Scott A. Norton, DMD of Louisville if you are experiencing problems with your teeth.