Technical illustration of a root canal.

How to Know If You Need a Root Canal

August 28, 2023 9:00 am

A root canal is a dental procedure that removes the pulp from an infected tooth and seals it from further damage. Before root canals, dentists would have to extract an infected tooth! Thanks to root canals, there’s a way to get rid of the infection while saving the tooth. How do you know if you need a root canal? There are several signs:

  • Intense Tooth Pain

    An intense, throbbing toothache is one of the clearest signs of an infection. The pain may be persistent, but if it only appears when you eat, drink, or do other activities, it could still be an infection. The pain can spread to your jaw and neck as well, so you should call us right away.

  • Sensitivity to Hot and Cold Temperatures

    Is drinking hot coffee or eating ice cream uncomfortable for a specific tooth? Is the pain a dull ache or a short, sharp pain? Both are signs of tooth sensitivity. Thin enamel can cause tooth sensitivity, but if a specific area of your mouth is suddenly more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, you could be dealing with an infection.

  • Swollen Gums

    Swelling and gum inflammation are signs of trouble. Swelling often indicates gum disease, but if the swelling is isolated to one tooth, it’s likely an infection, specifically an abscess. Abscesses are pockets of pus caused by infection. They usually look like raised, red bumps or blisters on the gums near the affected tooth.

  • A Bad Taste in Your Mouth and Bad Breath

    Abscesses do not taste or smell great. You may taste something bitter or even salty. Your breath will be worse than usual, too. Abscesses can break and drain on their own, but that doesn’t get rid of the infection! You should still see us right away for an appointment.

Root Canals at Southern Dental Munford in Munford, TN

If you’re experiencing any signs of infection, don’t wait to contact us! A root canal can relieve your pain and save your tooth. Many people worry about root canals, but Dr. Bird and the team are committed to your comfort and safety. If you have questions or concerns about root canals or any of our services, we’re more than happy to discuss them.

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