Without a trained dental specialist, determining if you need root canal therapy can be somewhat challenging. Most of the time, physical symptoms don’t surface until the issue has become critical, such as tooth and gum pain, and temperature sensitivity.
These physical symptoms indicate the need to see a dentist, and making it a duty to see a dentist regularly will play in your best interest. Nevertheless, you don’t always need a dentist when it comes to spotting problems, as some signs can help you determine if you need root canal therapy before it escalates.
Here are some of the signs that you need a root canal.
One of the first indicators is pain, proving that something is wrong with the root of your tooth. This is most likely to affect normal activities such as drinking and eating, as you’ll feel persistent pain.
When you visit our clinic, our trained dentist will determine which of your tooth is aching. If your blood vessels are inflamed, it could be as a result of an infection that antibiotics can fix, and your dentist is likely to choose a root canal to manage the pain.
2. Sensitivity to temperature
Many things can lead to dental hypersensitivity, and it is important to visit a dentist to determine the cause in your case. Though some sensitivity can be normal such as eating an ice cream cone. However, severe sensitivity shows that something is wrong.
With an infected tooth, cold food or drinks could lead to a lot of pain. A dentist will evaluate the situation and determine if you need a root canal to fix the sensitivity.
3. Dark discoloration
Numerous factors can lead to a discolored tooth such as poor oral hygiene or exposure to certain foods or drinks that causes stains to the tooth enamel. It could also be caused by a damaged blood vessel, and booking an appointment with a dentist is the way forward. Your dentist will determine if you need a root canal to remove the damaged root.
4. A chipped or cracked tooth
If you were involved in an accident that cause a chipped or cracked tooth, it is important to book an appointment with a dentist as soon as possible. The reason is glaring, as bacteria can set in leading to infection, inflammation, and pain.
5. Swollen gums
Having swollen gum around the infected tooth is a clear indication that you need a dentist as soon as possible. You might also have a little pimple on your gum, often known as gum boil which could ooze pus that makes your breath smell bad.
With today’s technology, you don’t need to worry about pain. There is little to no pain when it comes to the root canal since your dentist will use local anesthesia to numb your tooth and gum. Go ahead and give us a call to book an appointment or fill the contact form to begin.