A root canal could be necessary if you have a tooth that’s been damaged by an accident, if you have a severe cavity, or a previous filling problem. If a patient notices that their teeth are extremely sensitive to heat or cold, a root canal may be required.

What’s the purpose of root canal procedures?

There are times when root canals may be used to rescue a tooth from extraction related to decay or other issues. A root canal is an operation in which canals in the roots are cleaned out. Root canals used to be a horrific ordeal in the past. However, modern dental techniques and anesthetics have made root canals a relatively painless procedure. In contrast, the discomfort of a rotting tooth can be excruciating.

Many people find root canals to be a stressful experience. Most root canal patients had a better experience than they imagined, even though root canals have a negative reputation.

I think I might need a root canal; what symptoms should I look out for?

The only way to find out whether you need a root canal is to see your dentist. However, you should make a visit to your dentist as soon as you notice any of these signs:

Incessant pain

In the event of a persistent toothache, you may need root canal therapy. Regardless of if your tooth pain is sporadic or frequent, it will eventually return. The pain may extend down to your tooth’s root. If you’re experiencing a dental problem, you may also feel pain in your face, jaw, or other teeth.

Temperature sensitivity

When you consume hot meals or drink coffee, your teeth may hurt. Cold drinks, such as ice cream or water may also cause tooth discomfort in those with sensitive teeth. The heightened sensitivity may cause a dull ache or piercing agony. A root canal may be necessary if the pain continues for an extended period, even if you refrain from eating or drinking. Whenever you eat or drink anything hot or cold, you may experience discomfort if your tooth’s veins and fibers are damaged or injured.

Tooth discoloration

If your teeth are discolored it could be a sign the tissue of your tooth is infested, explaining the discoloration. If a tooth appears grayish black, it may be injured, or its interior tissues have degraded. Inadequate blood flow might cause the tooth’s pulp to die, indicating the necessity for a root canal. If you observe a change in the color of one of your teeth, you should visit your dentist immediately.

Swelling in the gums

A root canal infection can create inflammation at the gum line area of the mouth. Swelling can cause the gums to feel sore, or tender, and appear red. In most circumstances, the swelling and irritation are localized, meaning it disturbs the area surrounding the infected tooth.

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms make an appointment with your local dentist immediately, if left unattended oral infections can worsen spreading from the tooth to the gum, to the jawbone and surrounding area. It will not heal on its own. If the pain suddenly disappears, it could mean your nerves has died due to the infection, no pain does not mean it has healed.

If left untreated infection could even spread to your blood, brain, or other vital body parts. Take care of the small problem before it turns into an even bigger problem.

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