Signs You May Need a Root Canal
There are a numbe rof warning signs that a tooth may need root canal treatment:
- The tooth becoming loose. If an adult tooth feels loose, that’s a symptom of infection. Acidic waste products from a dead tooth can soften the surrounding bone.
- A chipped or cracked tooth. Damage to a tooth (whether it comes from an accident or happens while chewing) can introduce bacteria to the pulp chamber inside the tooth, inflaming and infecting it.
- Sensitivity and tooth pain. The pulp dying inside a tooth can irritate the periodontal ligament around the root tip, which can cause sharp pain when touching the tooth or trying to chew with it.
- Swollen gums. If the gums swell up around a painful tooth, that’s a good sign that it needs root canal treatment. It could mean an abscess. Dental abscesses may create bad breath and a foul taste.
- Discoloration of the tooth. An infected tooth sometimes changes color — not just at the surface. It may take on a grayish-black appearance as the internal tissue breaks down.
What is a Root Canal?
Choosing a Root Canal Versus an Extraction
Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canals
Many of our patients ask us the same questions about root canals:
"Do I Need a Crown After a Root Canal?"
“Is a root canal painful?”
“How should I prepare before undergoing root canal treatment?”
“What happens if an infected tooth is left untreated?”
A tooth infection will not go away on its own. The pain may stop if the pulp inside the tooth dies, but the bacteria will continue to multiply and the infection can spread down the root and into the jaw and gums. It can cause a painful dental abscess, and if it remains untreated long enough, the infection may spread to the bloodstream, which can be deadly. We urge our patients to seek treatment as early as they notcie a problem. The team at Vero Dental can help!