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5 Warning Signs You May Need Root Canal Therapy

HomeOral Health5 Warning Signs You May Need Root Canal Therapy

woman with tooth pain needing root canal therapy

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.

  1. Tooth Pain
  2. 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.

  3. Tooth Sensitivity
  4. 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.

  5. Bumps on Gums
  6. 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.

  7. Tooth Darkening
  8. If your tooth becomes darker in color, you may need a root canal to treat the damage.

  9. Tenderness & Swelling
  10. 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.

Written by

John Cutting, DMD is an Annapolis dentist experienced in all aspects of dentistry. He provides complete care from general dentistry to cosmetic and restorative dentistry in his conveniently located and comfortable office, Edgewater Dental Arts.