When a tooth is infected, decayed, or otherwise seriously damaged, we may turn to root canal therapy. Not only can root canal therapy save your natural tooth and prevent an extraction, the procedure is also more comfortable than ever before! Like most dental conditions, the earlier we can diagnose the need for root canal therapy and begin treatment, the better. However, sometimes it can be hard to tell whether tooth pain is an immediate emergency or not. Read on to learn about five common root canal symptoms.
- Tooth Pain
- Tooth Sensitivity
- Bumps on Gums
- Tooth Darkening
- Tenderness & Swelling
If you notice that you experience pain while eating or while putting pressure on your tooth, this may be a sign of severe infection that requires a root canal to treat.
If you notice painful sensitivity to hot or cold items (especially when the pain lingers after the hot or cold item has been removed), your tooth may have damage that requires a root canal treatment.
If you notice bumps on your gums near the tooth that is causing you pain, this is a sign of serious infection and an indicator that you may need a root canal.
If your tooth becomes darker in color, you may need a root canal to treat the damage.
If the gums near your tooth pain become tender or appear swollen, you’ll likely need a root canal.
Preserve Your Natural Tooth with Root Canal Therapy!
The symptoms above often indicate advanced decay or infection and you may be in danger of losing your tooth. But root canal therapy can save your natural tooth. During the procedure, we remove the decayed or infected pulp tissue, then clean and seal the tooth, and lastly place a crown or filling to protect your tooth. So if you are experiencing tooth pain along with any of the symptoms listed above, contact our office today.