It can be difficult to determine sometimes if you need a root canal. Will better oral hygiene fix the issue, or will dental work be required? This is a decision that only our dentist should be making.
Physical symptoms don't usually start until the issue has become more advanced which is why it is so important to see us on a regular basis, to try and spot the issues before they become an advanced problem.
One of the first signs that you will likely need a root canal is, of course, persistent and constant pain, as it is one of the main indicators that something is wrong with the root of your tooth. If you are having difficulty with eating and drinking without feeling pain you need to get into your dentist as soon as possible.
If you have a chipped or cracked tooth it is a pretty safe bet that you are going to need a root canal, when a tooth is chipped or cracked it exposes the nerve beneath the surface of the tooth and leads to an infection. This infection almost always enters the bloodstream and spreads and then that untreated infection requires a root canal to prevent further infection and pain.
What Things You Should Watch For
Sensitivity to heat or cold is another common sign you will need a root canal. If your tooth hurts when you drink hot coffee or tea, this is a problem. When the dull ache progresses into a sharp pain, then it is time to call us.
Gum area is swollen – this indicates a problem beneath the surface. If your gums are painful and swollen or have a raised bump on them a root canal will be needed to solve the inflammation.
Prolonged sensitivity – meaning that if it hurts when you put pressure on your tooth, and that sensitivity lasts for weeks or months without improvement then it is safe to say a root canal will be in your future.
If deep decay has set in within the base of your tooth there is no amount of brushing, flossing or rinsing. With mouth wash that will solve the problem. If the cavity has been neglected too long it will spread down into the nerve and the only solution will be a root canal.
If you suspect that you have a dental issue that can only be solved by a root canal, don't panic and give our office a call right away and we will get you in as soon as possible and an appointment to see the dentist as soon as possible to help with the pain and to try and save your tooth if at all possible.