5 Signs that You Need a Root Canal
- Posted on: Apr 15 2017
As one of the most common procedures that our dentists at Today’s Dental perform, a root canal is designed to remove the infected pulp in your tooth and restore your ability to chew and smile just like before. But because some of the symptoms of a root canal may be similar to that of a cavity, how can you tell the difference between the two? From an abscess on the gum to severe tooth pain, this article will discuss five signs that you need a root canal. Read on to learn more.
- Abscess on the Gum
Take a look in your mouth and at the gums around the tooth that is giving you pain. Do you notice an abscess or a pimple on your gums? Can you feel any protrusion with your tongue? If so, this is a sign that you may need a root canal.
Is your mouth swollen? Can you see the swelling from the front? Extreme swelling is a symptom that you have an oral infection or in this case that you may need a root canal. To help ease the swelling until you can come into our office, try icing your cheeks and taking an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication.
Are you having difficulty chewing without experiencing tenderness or pain? Do your gums hurt when you press on them with your fingers? Is the pain getting worse or is it staying the same? Tender gums are also a sign that you have an oral issue that needs some attention.
- Severe Tooth Pain
In addition to the tenderness, are you experiencing severe pain that just won’t subside? Does it hurt to chew your favorite foods? If so, you should schedule an appointment with Today’s Dental for an examination.
- Sensitive to Hot and Cold
When you experience sensitivity to temperatures, it means that your dentin is exposed. And depending on how much dentin is exposed, you may need a root canal to repair it.
It can be hard or near impossible to self-diagnose. However, if you are suffering from all of the symptoms listed above, contact Today’s Dental to see if you need a root canal.
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