6 Signs You Need a Root Canal

Treating dental problems as soon as we notice them is crucial for maintaining good oral health that we can enjoy throughout our entire life.

Untreated dental conditions can affect not only your oral health but your overall health too. 

People need different treatments for different conditions, and if you find yourself in a situation where you are experiencing extreme pain because of an infection, then that may be an indication that you might need a root canal.

Signs That You Need a Root Canal

If you are experiencing pain, then the first thing you should do is check with your dentist. They will probably call you in for a consultation and determine if a root canal is indeed in order. 

But, if you can't wait until your appointment and are curious to learn the answer now, then these signs might indicate that you may need a root canal. 

  • Sensitive Tooth 

When the pulp of your tooth has been damaged, you are likely to develop sensitivity to hot and cold foods or drinks. If you notice that, check with your dentist. 

  • Tooth Pain 

If you have persistent tooth pain that doesn't seem to go away, then it's time to schedule an appointment with your dentist. Even if the pain gives a break for a while, if it keeps returning, then you may need a root canal. The pain can also be felt deep in the bone of your tooth.

  • Swollen Gums 

If you also have swollen gums around the painful tooth, that is another clear indication you are in need of a root canal. You can also feel the gums tender and painful when you touch them. 

  • Pain When Eating 

When the tooth is under severe decay, you might experience sensitivity when you eat or when you touch it. The nerve might be damaged, and for the dentist to save your natural tooth, you might have to go through a root canal. 

  • Loose Tooth 

A tooth infection can also cause your tooth to feel loose. Before you lose your entire tooth, check with your dentist for possible treatments, including a root canal. 

  • Discolored Tooth

When the pulp inside a tooth gets infected, it can cause your tooth to lose its natural color. The damage in the internal tissue of the tooth will give it a grey-black aspect. If you notice your tooth getting darker, a root canal is needed. 

Are You In Pain? Call Us Now! 

Root canals are an intervention that can save you from losing your natural tooth, as well as spending extra money on getting a tooth replacement. 

If you are experiencing dental pain, you should get in touch with St. Clair Tooth Co. We understand that most people have dental anxiety, so we are striving to make sure that your dental experience is as easy and relaxed as possible. 

Contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Carly Cassleman.

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