Signs You Need a Root Canal

By | September 14, 2017

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Sometimes, it can be difficult to tell whether discomfort is just a temporary annoyance or if it’s a symptom of a more serious problem. Life is busy and hectic, and we don’t always listen to our bodies when they’re trying to tell us that something needs attention. We always encourage our patients to take dental discomfort seriously. If your pain is interfering with your daily life, call us immediately! In many cases, we can arrange a same-day appointment with Dr. Lee to get you relief as soon as possible.

To treat your dental pain, we’ll need to get to the root of the problem. In some cases, a root canal may be necessary. Root canals treat tooth pain caused by serious decay or infection. If decay and infection are left untreated, it can spread or become so bad that your tooth may need to be extracted. So, it’s important to know how to spot the signs early! If you’re wondering whether you need a root canal, we’ve come up with a few signs you should look out for:

1. Pain

This one is pretty obvious, but if eating or putting pressure on the area is painful, you should call our office right away. Whether you need a root canal or not, you’ll want to get the pain checked out. For some folks, the intensity of their tooth pain varies throughout the day. For others, the pain increases if they bite down.

2. Temperature Sensitivity

If you’re regularly wincing while you sip your coffee or eat your ice cream, call our office! Extreme sensitivity to temperature can be a sign you need a root canal.

3. Small Bump

Sometimes patients will develop small, pimple-like bumps on their gums near the source of their pain. These bumps are a warning sign, and you should make a dental appointment as soon as possible if you notice them.

4. Discoloration

If you notice that your tooth has gotten darker, call us! Discoloration is often a sign that something is wrong. After an exam, Dr. Lee will determine whether to treat this issue with a root canal.

5. Tenderness & Swelling

If your gums are especially tender and swollen near where you’re experiencing tooth pain, a root canal may be in order. Tenderness and swelling are signs of infection and should be addressed as soon as possible.

Root canals may have a bad reputation, but they are an incredibly effective way of treating infection and decay and preserving your tooth. The procedure itself is a multi-step procedure that removes infected tooth pulp (and sometimes the nerve) from a tooth and sealing it.

Only your dentist can tell if you if you need a root canal. If you’re suffering from any of these symptoms, contact our office right away!