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The Root Canal Reality: Pain Isn’t the Only Signal

April 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drsaran @ 4:21 pm
Patient holding their cheek needing a root canal

Do you know how to tell if you need a root canal? You may not be a dentist, but some signs could point to an oral health emergency. While intense discomfort is a common indicator, there are other, more subtle symptoms that you might miss. Understanding these can help you seek treatment quickly so you can keep your oral health intact. Read on to find a helpful guide to the less obvious signs that you need root canal treatment.

Persistent Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity, especially to hot or cold temperatures, can be a sign of underlying dental issues. If you notice a tooth stays sensitive after exposure to ice or heat, it might be more than an annoyance! Prolonged sensitivity can be a sign of nerve damage or infection inside the tooth, which can be corrected with a root canal. 

Tooth Discoloration

Has your tooth turned dark or discolored? It may be in trouble. This color change is often a sign that the tooth’s insides are dying or infected. However, discoloration can happen for multiple reasons, so it’s important to have it checked by your dentist to figure out if a root canal is needed.

Swelling in the Gums or Face

Swelling of the gums around a particular tooth could mean an abscess is forming. These are small pockets of bacteria and pus that pool in your gums and try to push out. Even if the swelling isn’t painful, it’s a clear indication that something is wrong. This is especially true if the swelling spreads to your cheek or jaw. So, if you see any of these signs, schedule a dental appointment as soon as possible.

Bad Breath That Won’t Go Away

Chronic bad breath or a persistent bad taste in your mouth can be symptoms of an untreated oral infection. When a lot of bacteria are present, they can produce bad odors and tastes, which won’t go away with regular brushing and flossing. So, if you have a regular oral routine, but still have bad breath, a root canal could be the solution.

As you can see, you don’t always have to be in pain to need a root canal! Several other indicators could be silently trying to tell you to seek help. Don’t hesitate to contact your dentist if you notice these signs. Early intervention is the key to keeping your oral health intact!

About the Practice

Root canals can be a daunting procedure, but the experts at LIC Dental Associates can make it easy. They’re dedicated to helping you get out of pain and return to a stress-free smile using the latest dental technology and techniques. Call (347) 537-6172 to schedule a consultation or visit the website to see a full menu of options for your treatment.

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