Tooth pain can be unbearable, and yet many people still greatly fear getting a root canal. Not only are root canals painless, they make that unbearable pain go away! If you can relate to any of the symptoms listed below, you may be in need of a root canal. Thanks for visiting us at Personal Endodontics, P.C. Enjoy reading!
Signs and Symptoms That Signal the Need for a Root Canal
Figuring out when you need a root canal, like figuring out when you need a filling, can be very difficult during the early stages of the problem. This is because many of the signs are those that can only be spotted by a trained dentist. Often, physical symptoms such as pain do not start until the problem is more advanced. Because of this, seeing a dentist regularly is extremely important. However, if you don’t get to a dentist and spot the problem before it is escalated, the following are some signs and symptoms to look out for that may signal the need for a root canal.
1) The tooth is broken, cracked, or chipped
2) There is redness and swelling of the gums around a particular tooth
3) A particular tooth is sensitive to heat, cold, and sweetness
4) A particular tooth hurts with the pressure of a touch or bite.
5) There is discoloration on the surface of the tooth
How Does a Dentist Determine Whether a Root Canal is Needed?
If you have one or more of the aforementioned symptoms, it is important to see a dentist as soon as possible. While there, the dentist will be able to run a couple tests to determine whether or not a root canal is needed to treat the tooth. The first set of tests are simple tests that the dentist can perform with the tools they have on hand. These tests are done to evaluate the symptoms you are reporting.
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