Numerous myths encapsulate root canal therapy, particularly regarding pain and we are here to bust that. Fortunately, this procedure is virtually painless, and that is because of the anesthetics used. So, there is no need to be scared away from getting treatment for your debilitating toothache. Here are 11 distinct signs that show you need to get a root canal as soon as possible.
- Persistent Stabbing Tooth Pain
This is the most common screaming sign indicating the need to get a root canal done. The ache may be a marker of issues like a cavity or gum disease or maybe perhaps due to an old botched dental job.
- Enamel Sensitivity to Heat and Cold
If your tooth sends sharp zaps of pain as soon as a cold or hot edible comes in contact with it, you have sensitivity. It may feel like a dull ache or a sharp pain, depending on the root cause and extent of damage.
- Tooth Discoloration
When the infection-causing bacteria in your mouth reaches the inner layer (pulp), it changes the shade of your tooth, making it discolored. In other cases, tooth trauma or internal tissue breakdown can damage the tooth as well as change the way it looks.
- Swollen gums
Swollen gums are commonly a vivid sign of an issue that needs treatment via a root canal. The swelling may come and go in the form of episodes.
- Tooth Pain on Touch
If your tooth sends pain signals as soon as anything touches it externally, it could indicate either severe tooth decay or nerve damage. Both signs indicate the need for a root canal treatment. This is especially the case if your tooth sensitivity persists over time and does not get better when you stop eating.
- A Chip or Crack In Tooth
Accidents are always unannounced. If you have chipped or cracked your tooth after an accident, bacteria can seep in through the entryway and lead to inflammation and infection.
- Loose Tooth
An infected tooth may lose its strength and tightness. This is because of the presence of acidic waste products from nerve death that softens the bone around it, causing mobility.
- Swelling In Your Face
Swelling in the face, especially around the affected tooth, is a common marker of inflammation that needs immediate attention.
- Fever or illness
When bacteria replicate inside you, your body activates its defense mechanism that often elevates overall body temperature. A fever or feeling of illness with other signs of infection in the tooth needs a root canal.
- Gum Pimples
Pimples on your gums look like bumps on the surface of your jaw. They indicate that your infection has reached the advanced stage. A pimple in the gum may also be filled with pus as a result of infected fluids leaking through near the tooth root. Therefore, in any case, if you spot these white dots anywhere, take it as a sign to book a root canal treatment.
- Head and Neck Swelling
As mentioned above, developing a tooth abscess means you have reached an advanced stage of oral infection where the levels of bacteria are able to travel through your bloodstream. The systemic infection makes the neck swell and sends sharp pain.
In a nutshell, if you have persistent tooth pain and more than one of the signs mentioned above, contact our team of orthodontists to guide you. Get in touch with our dental care expert, Dr. Tuan Vo, a member of the Academy of General Dentistry from AT Dental Care at (408) 579-9931 for more information. We are located in San Jose, CA, United States.