Signs that you may need a root canal
Root canals are used to save teeth that have become badly infected or decayed. It can be challenging to know whether you need root canal therapy or another treatment, especially if you experience tooth and gum pain or sensitivity to temperature. Physical symptoms usually do not start until the issue has become advanced, which is why we recommend calling our office right away.
So when do you need a root canal? Here are some common signs that you may need a root canal. As always, each patient is different so give us a call to set up an appointment so we can get you the care you need.
Tooth and gum pain
So when do you need a root canal? Pain is one of the most well-known indicators that something is wrong with your tooth. Although tooth and gum pain does not necessarily mean you require a root canal, most infected teeth do cause some form of discomfort. Your pain may get more intense when applying pressure to the area, chewing, or brushing your teeth.
Swelling and inflammation
In addition to pain, root canal patients may also experience dental swelling and inflammation. You may feel a slightly raised or tender spot along the gumline or swelling in your entire face and neck. While swelling could go away on its own or resolve with over-the-counter medications, this does not solve the central problem.
Sensitivity to temperature
Dental hypersensitivity could have many causes. Even though it is normal to have some sensitivity to temperature, like when eating an ice cream cone, severe sensitivity is a clear sign that something is wrong.
Patients with a badly infected tooth may get a tooth abscess or a pocket of pus caused by an infection. Abscesses cause swollen gums, discomfort, or an unpleasant taste in your mouth. It is very important to seek dental help right away because an untreated abscess can make it difficult to breathe or swallow.
Thanks to new advances in dental technology, root canal therapy can be a fast, easy way to treat an infected tooth. Call Dr. Mullaney if you are experiencing pain or discomfort.