Like many oral health problems, symptoms don't usually reveal themselves until the problem is advanced, which is why we recommend seeing Dr. Troy Patterson regularly. If tooth decay or infection isn't treated in time, the infected tooth will need a root canal.
Root canals can save your tooth, especially if it is severely damaged. Your root canal dentist can remove any infected tissue within the tooth and seal it.
Some common signs that you may need a root canal include:
Severe Tooth Pain
Consistent tooth pain is one of the most common signs that something might be wrong with your tooth. You'll notice the pain, especially when eating or drinking.
Cracked or Damaged Tooth
As sturdy as teeth are, they can be surprisingly vulnerable. They can be chipped from eating hard items, a sports injury, or an accident.
Cracked teeth create openings that expose the nerves and tissues within the tooth, which can lead to infection.
Sudden Sensitivity to Temperatures
Sudden sensitivity to hot drinks or cold beverages could be a telltale sign that a root canal is necessary. It may start as a mild ache that escalates into an intense, sharp pain.
Swollen and inflamed gums are never a great sign. Painful gums need to be examined by your dentist immediately since they usually indicate a severe oral problem.
Give Us a Call If You Aren't Sure
Generally, tooth pain is always an indication that you need to see your dentist as soon as you can. If you're unsure about your symptoms, give us a call at Oak Family Dental.