Signs & Symptoms That You May Need a Root Canal

Smiling brunette lady in dental chair awaiting root canal therapy

Although some patients may find the idea of having a root canal daunting, it’s a common procedure that brings immediate relief to those who are suffering. If you’ve been bothered by the signs and symptoms of root canal problems, don’t hesitate to call us. The pain won’t go away on its own and will worsen over time. If you’re not sure how to tell if you need root canal therapy, here are some common signs and symptoms.

Persistent, Throbbing Toothache

A toothache can be indicative of many problems, but persistent pain that won’t go away and is made worse with chewing or pressure is a sign of a root canal infection. Take over-the-counter medication to help with pain until we see you. Call us right away if you notice this kind of intense tooth pain.

Sensitivity to Heat And Cold

Although tooth sensitivity can be a sign of other issues, such as cavities or chronic teeth clenching, intense heat and cold sensitivity is a sign you may have an infection in the pulp chamber of your tooth and need root canal therapy.

Swelling of the Gums

If you do need a root canal treatment, the gums near the affected area will probably be swollen and thick. If you notice redness, swelling, or thickness of gums, especially in one particular area, call us right away.

Discoloration of a Tooth

Graying or discoloration of one tooth are highly indicative of a root canal infection. If you notice these kinds of changes in your tooth’s appearance, let us know right away.

We Are Here to Help!

Don’t be afraid if you need a root canal treatment. We will clean out the inside of the tooth where the infection is and get you feeling relief in nearly no time. Call today if you notice any of these signs or symptoms. Don’t put off treatment since the issue will only get worse!