Have you been experiencing lingering pain or that annoying sensitivity?
Do not ignore these symptoms.
These can be warning signs, that may suggest you need a root canal treatment.
And, if you are wondering, whether your tooth really needs a root canal treatment or not, then the only way to know for sure is to visit your Dentist/ Endodontist.
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The earlier you get it checked, the better is the health and longivity of the concerning tooth.
First let us understand, what is a root canal treatment?
What is a Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal treatment is a procedure to clean out any decay and preserve the infected tooth; as simply put.
It is the most common dental procedure to be carried out and is a completely safe and effective way to save even a hopeless tooth.
It helps in saving your decayed and infected tooth for a lifetime.
7 symptoms that suggest, you may need a root canal treatment.
There are certain warning signs, that may point in this direction.
But the only way to know for sure is to get yourself checked by your dentist or root canal specialist/ Endodontist.
However, if you notice any of the symptoms listed below, then do not ignore them and see your dentist as early as possible.
1) Severe pain or Persistant pain
Any pain in the mouth is unpleasant and should not be ignored.
However, pain in the tooth is the most common and main symptom for anyone to rush to their dentist.
If you have been experiencing a spontaneous/severe pain that feels like an electric current or hits you like a wave,then it is a sign that your tooth needs a root canal treatment
At the same time if you have been having pain, that comes and goes but continues to bother you, then do not ignore it.
It is better to get it checked by your root canal specialist/Endodontist, as this may well be a symptom of root canal treatment.
2) Tooth Discolouration
The reason for discolouration can be many.
But, tooth discolouration is also one of the major symptoms which leads to root canal procedure.
Although, this discolouration is often ignored as you do not have any discomfort like pain or swelling, apart from a visibly dark looking tooth.
Often, when there is any kind of trauma to the tooth, the nerves and tissues in the tooth can get damaged. There is not adequate blood supply to the tooth.
This inadequate blood supply gives a greyish/black appearance to the tooth.
Hence, it is always a good idea to see your dentist, in case you notice any change in the tooth colour.
3) Sharp sensitivity to hot and cold
Tooth Sensitivity is a discomfort that is felt, when we consume foods that are hot, cold, sour or sweet.
At times, this sensitivity is also caused by breathing in cold air.
This pain can be felt as a sharp, shooting pain or a dull lingering ache.
Sensitivity can often be treated with a desensitising toothpaste.
But for some, this pain is so uncomfortable and disturbing, that you may have to undergo an intentional root canal treatment.
In any case, these symptoms should not be ignored and reported to your dentist immediately.
4) Tooth Mobility
Any infection in the tooth, may cause it to feel loose.
When the infection is at the root of the tooth, it causes bone loss around it. This results in tooth mobility.
Often, we associate tooth mobility to extraction.
However, with the root canal procedure, we can treat the infection and save the tooth.
With the infection gone, the bone loss gradually decreases. The tooth regains its strength.
This decreases mobility and the tooth can be saved from extraction.
So, before we jump to the conclusion of extraction, it is better to get it checked by your root canal specialist/Endodontist
5) Swelling around the gums
If you see a bump or a pimple around your gums, there are chances that your tooth may need a root canal treatment.
Whenever there is an infection in the tooth, the infection may represent itself by forming a pimple around the gums. This pimple may exude pus from the infection in the tooth.
If this is left untreated for a long period of time, it can cause that pimple to increase in size.
This infection can then invade the spaces or sinuses around, causing the swelling to increase in size, with extreme pain and discomfort.
It’s best to not ignore this and a visit to your Endodontist almost becomes mandatory.
6) Cracked/Chipped Tooth
Firstly, when there is an injury to the tooth, it can crack or chip. This injury can damage the nerves of the tooth.
Through these cracks, the bacteria can enter your tooth and lead to pain and swelling. This indicates the need for root canal treatment.
Secondly, at times there is an injury to the tooth, which does not cause the tooth to crack or chip. This also can damage the nerves of the tooth.
This damage can cause severe sensitivity or pain in the tooth, thus requiring root canal procedure.
Whichever case it may be, it is advisable to see your root canal specialist, who can then do the needful.
7) Bad Breath