You’ve had a searing pain in your tooth for a few days now. It has progressed to the point where it has started to interfere with your daily life. You can barely chew food without pain sparking through your mouth. You’ve heard that root canals might be able to treat an intense toothache like this. Only your dentist can determine whether you truly need a root canal in Manahawkin, but here are some symptoms to watch out for.
1. Persistent Pain
If your pain doesn’t subside with over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen, then you might have an infection in the center of your tooth, also known as the dental pulp. Another sign is pain that prevents you from eating or drinking as normal. You should see your dentist as soon as possible if you experience persistent pain when biting down.
2. Sensitivity to Heat and Cold
Does your tooth throb in pain when you consume something hot or cold? This is a sign that decay has spread to the sensitive dental pulp, where the nerve is located. You may have damaged nerve endings and blood vessels causing your discomfort.
3. Swollen Gums
Infections deep within the tooth can result in inflammation of the gums. If your gums are painful or swollen, or if you see a raised, pimple-like bump on your gums, that could be a symptom of a problem beneath the surface of the tooth. Even if you don’t end up needing a root canal, you should still see your dentist if you have swollen gums. It could be an indication of gum disease.
4. Cracked or Chipped Tooth
Have you cracked or chipped a tooth from biting down too hard? What about playing sports, or even just falling down? Whatever the cause behind your broken tooth, you should get it treated with a filling or crown as soon as possible. That fracture could spread to the delicate center of your tooth and result in extreme pain, necessitating a root canal.
5. Dark Discoloration
Although tooth discoloration can be a result of poor oral hygiene and consumption of staining foods and beverages, it can also indicate nerve damage beneath the tooth’s surface. If your tooth appears brown, gray, or even black, you should definitely consult your dentist.
Even though root canals have a reputation of being painful, they actually relieve dental discomfort. If you exhibit any of the symptoms in this post, please see your dentist right away. It could end up saving your tooth.
About the Author
Dr. Robert Young graduated from the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry. He is one of the few dentists to achieve Fellowship status in both the Academy of General Dentistry and the Academy of Oral Implantology. He has a particular interest in dental crowns, which are placed over teeth that have been treated with root canal therapy. If you are experiencing any of the signs in this post, you can contact Dr. Young’s practice at (609) 597-1830.