Have you ever wondered, “What are the warning signs of needing a root canal?” If so, our friendly and knowledgeable team at Alta Dental Studio is happy to help you and offer some tips.
Root canal therapy relieves pain and protects the infected tooth from further damage and disease. Here are seven warning signs you may need a root canal.
#1 Severe Pain
Any form of dental pain can be unpleasant and indicate a more serious concern with your oral health. A root canal may be necessary if you experience spontaneous pain or pressure in your teeth, gums, or face.
#2 Bumps on the Gums
Bumps or small pimples on the gums, also known as fistula, can signify an infected tooth.
#3 Sensitivity to Hot and Cold
Lingering sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures after eating or drinking could mean you need a root canal.
#4 Swollen or Tender Gums
Are your gums swollen, tender, or sore? Sensitive or puffy gums may be a sign of a dental infection.
#5 Darkening of the Gums
Darkening of the gums can be a sign of decayed gum tissue. This colour change often means that the tooth is dying, which affects the gums. The darkening of gum tissue is a telltale sign of needing root canal treatment.
#6 Chipped or Cracked Tooth
A chipped or cracked tooth from trauma or an injury can infect or inflame the tooth’s pulp. Also, a tooth may be decayed or infected to the point that it cracks because the tooth is dying. If you have a chipped or broken tooth, we encourage you to see your dentist to ensure the tooth remains healthy.
#7 An Abscess
An abscess is a pocket of fluid that forms due to an infection. Your dentist can detect an abscess using dental x-rays and either drain it or perform a root canal to treat the tooth.
Root Canal in Vancouver Can Save Your Tooth
If you have any of the above warning signs, we invite you to contact our dental practice for assistance. We can arrange your appointment and create an effective treatment strategy that works for you. The only way to know if you need a root canal is to visit your Vancouver dentist. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so you don’t put your tooth’s health at risk.