5 Symptoms Of A Root Canal

Young Man With Tooth Pain SymptomsA Root Canal Doesn’t Really Have Symptoms—It’s The Treatment!

But here are indicators you might need a root canal.

If you’ve already been diagnosed and told you need a root canal, then congratulations on taking the first step! Otherwise, knowing the symptoms and warning signs can help you seek timely treatment and preserve your dental health.

  1. Persistent Tooth Pain
    One of the most common signs that you may require a root canal is persistent tooth pain. If you experience a throbbing, intense, or lingering pain in a specific tooth, especially when chewing or applying pressure, it could be an indication that the dental pulp—the innermost part of the tooth—is infected or damaged.
  2. Sensitivity to Hot and Cold
    Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures that lingers after the stimulus is removed can be a red flag for a potential root canal. If you find yourself wincing in pain when sipping on a hot beverage or cringing at the touch of cold air on your teeth, it’s time to consult with a dentist.
  3. Swollen Gums
    Swollen, tender gums around a specific tooth may be a sign of infection spreading to the surrounding tissues. Inflammation can cause localized redness, swelling, and even the formation of a pimple-like bump (dental abscess) on the gum. Don’t ignore these symptoms, as they often indicate a serious underlying issue.
  4. Darkening or Discoloration of the Tooth
    Changes in the color of a tooth, such as darkening or a grayish tint, can be indicative of internal damage or infection. This discoloration occurs as a result of changes in the dental pulp and may signal the need for a root canal to address the underlying problem.
  5. Only Temporary Relief After Hot or Cold Application
    Some individuals may try to manage tooth pain with over-the-counter pain relievers or by applying hot or cold compresses. If you notice that the pain subsides temporarily but returns once the effects of the remedy wear off, it suggests that there may be an ongoing issue within the tooth that requires professional attention.

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If you’re experiencing any of these signs, it’s crucial to consult with a dentist promptly. Early detection and intervention can often make the difference between saving and losing a tooth! Root canals, while often associated with discomfort, are highly effective in treating dental issues and restoring oral health. So don’t delay seeking professional advice if you suspect you might need a root canal. Your smile will thank you in the long run!

About Tom Massarat, DDS, MS

Tom Massarat DDS, MS is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics. Dr. Massarat received his Certificate in Endodontics from Northwestern University in 1992. He also received his Dental Degree and Advanced General Dentistry Degree from Northwestern University in Chicago, Ill. Dr. Massarat is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), American Association of Endodontists (AAE), San Diego County Dental Society (SDCDS) and American Board of Endodontists (ABE). He is also an advisor for the Experdent and Summit Study Groups. He has lectured extensively on many aspect of endodontics.

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