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Dec 13, 2023

How Do You Know If You Need a Root Canal?

Some Telltale Signs You May Need a Root Canal

Root canal - two words many of us dread hearing when we are sitting in the dentist’s chair. However, it really does sound much more daunting than it actually is.

Let’s walk back a few steps and uncover some of the signs that may mean you really do need a root canal so you can make an appointment right away and try to avoid having to run to an emergency dentist appointment.

The Uninvited Toothache

You are having a great Friday night. You are sitting at home with the family, about to watch a movie and indulge in some of your favorite snacks. But suddenly, out of nowhere, you feel a sharp pain in your tooth. If the pain is persistent and severe, especially when you chew or apply pressure to the tooth, it can be a sign of infection or damage to the pulp inside your tooth.

Neverending Sensitivity

We all experience a little tooth sensitivity every once in a while, like when we take a drink of something really hot or really cold. However, if your tooth starts throwing a full-on tantrum and stays sensitive long after you are done drinking your morning cup of hot coffee, then your tooth is sending you a signal. The sensitivity that lingers may indicate there’s a problem with your tooth.

Swollen and Tender Gums

Have your gums felt like they have been swelling up and maybe even feel a bit bruised? Swollen gums, especially around a specific tooth, could lead to a dental drama you don’t want to be part of. Swelling and tenderness in the gums around a specific tooth may mean there’s an abscess or infection.

Darkening of the Teeth

Your teeth should be bright and shiny and not dark or discolored. If you notice any kind of change in color, like a darkening or discoloration of one tooth, this may be your tooth signaling that you might need a root canal. It could mean there’s an infection or damage inside of that tooth.

Painful Chewing

Chewing shouldn’t hurt, so if you find yourself wincing in agony every time you take a bite, then it might be safe to assume that your tooth is staging a rebellion. If the pain is localized to one tooth, this may be a good indication that there is a problem that needs some attention. 

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you need to schedule an appointment with your dentist in Logan as soon as possible. They will conduct a thorough exam, take some X-rays, and determine what the problem is and if you really do need that root canal. Pain becoming too much? An emergency dentist visit may be warranted!

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