There are a lot of myths surrounding root canals, including the myth that root canals cause severe pain or can lead to illness.
The reality is that root canals are common, standard procedures that can bring you a ton of much-needed relief.
What are the signs you need a root canal? When should you make the choice to call your dentist and talk about a root canal?
Read on for five clear and common signs that you may need a root canal.
1. Constant or Recurring Pain
One of the most obvious and serious signs that you need a root canal is constant or persistent pain. You’ll often feel this pain in your gums, jaws, and in the affected tooth, itself. This treatment can provide the pain relief you need–and things like OTC pain relief medications aren’t going to cut it!
2. Sensitivity to Hot or Cold Temps
Do you experience pain or discomfort when your tooth is exposed to hot or cold temperatures? This could mean that the tooth has experienced nerve damage or infection. In some cases, temperature sensitivity is an indication of a minor cavity, but if the pain is sharp or aching, it could mean that you need a root canal.
3. Severe Change in Tooth Color
Our teeth tend to yellow as we age, especially if we consume things like coffee or tobacco, which stain the teeth. However, this should be a gradual (and treatable) change. If you notice a sudden discoloration in one of your teeth–especially if the tooth is beginning to look gray–it could mean that the pulp of your tooth is infected and you need a root canal.
4. Swelling or Inflamed Gums
Our gums tend to indicate our overall oral health, and you shouldn’t ignore constant or repeatedly swollen gum tissue. Even if there is no pain in the gums (but there is pain in the nearby tooth), it could mean that dead pulp tissue is releasing acid. When this occurs, it means that it’s most likely time for a root canal.
5. Chipped, Cracked, or Loose Tooth
We count on our adult teeth to stay intact and that means that we don’t want to live with chipped, cracked, or loose teeth. If your tooth is simply chipped or cracked, you’ll need a dentist to inspect it for nerve damage. If an adult tooth is loose, it most definitely needs to be removed via a root canal.
Don’t Ignore Signs You Need a Root Canal
You may have heard some rumors about root canals floating around that made you hesitant about getting one. The reality is that root canals are a common and routine procedure with minimal risk and major results. If you’re experiencing any of these signs you need a root canal, don’t hesitate–call your dentist right away!
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