5 Common Signs it’s Time for a Root Canal
The root canal procedure often gets a bad stigma attached to it — a big contributor is how the media lazily uses the root canal as a sort of shorthand when it comes to painful procedures.
It’s true that the root canal is a particularly technical procedure, but it is actually designed to relieve pain.
Below are a few symptoms you might be experiencing where you should consider the root canal procedure.
1.) You’re Experiencing Pain
If you’re experiencing pain while chewing, talking, or during any other activity associated with the mouth, teeth, or gums, then it’s a good indicator that you should see a dentist. A dentist will likely examine the aching tooth and determine whether or not the blood vessels or nerves are experiencing infection-induced inflammation. Your dentist just might suggest performing a root canal to get rid of the unwanted pain.
2.) Tooth Sensitivity
If your teeth are sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, then it might be time to see your dentist. Dull aches can turn into excessive pains, and, the problem with your teeth is that, when you experience pain, there is likely that damage has already occurred.
3.) Tooth Discoloration
Sure, there’s stuff we eat and drink that will turn our teeth different colors, but that’s only momentarily. Tooth discoloration can often be a symptom that blood vessel and nerve damage has occurred. In these cases, a root canal might be the solution in order to remove the damaged root.
4.) Swollen Gum Area
When a patient is experiencing swollen gums, it’s usually a sign that there are problems existing beneath the gum surface. Painful and swollen gums, as well as gums that have any sort of raised bumps should be looked at by an oral health specialist, who may suggest a root canal to treat gum inflammation.
5.) Chipped or Fractured Tooth
When our teeth get chipped or cracked, whether that be during sports or any other sort of activity where your teeth are at risk, the nerves get exposed and can be infected. When an infection that occurs in the tooth root enters the bloodstream, this can lead to the infection spreading. In these cases a root canal might be the best option for treatment.
If you’ve been experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, please contact Audubon Dental Center today to schedule a consultation. We’ll get your teeth and gums back to 100% in no time.